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Composite fillings are designed to match the color of your teeth and repair cracks, fractures, decay, and cavities. Regardless of where you need a filling, your tooth will look as natural as it did prior to the damage.

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What Are Composite Fillings?

This type of dental restoration procedure is used to repair tooth damage from decay, cavities, fractures, and chipping. Created from white composite resin, this is a tooth-colored material that is often offered in a variety of shades of white to match the natural color of your teeth.

Reasons for Composite Fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • To restore decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

Signs You May Need A Filling:

  • Toothache or pain when biting down
  • Sensitive to hot or cold
  • Pain when eating or drinking
  • Bad breath
  • Visible holes, pits or black/brown discoloration

Advantages and lmportance of Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

When a cavity, decay or injured tooth is left untreated, decay can spread past the tooth enamel into deeper levels of the tooth and into the pulp. If the decay reaches the soft enamel, or dental pulp, the next treatment may be a root canal treatment or extraction. It is important to get dental fillings before the area gets too large to fill.

Composite fillings are widely used today to repair teeth, because they are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth and the more visible areas.

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment under local anesthetic. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decay and the space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the filling is placed. The dentist is able to remove as much of the tooth as necessary because the filling is bonded to the tooth and provides a durable, natural-looking restoration.

If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite dental filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

Dental restorations like composite fillings are permanent but may need to be replaced over time. They are a durable solution to preserve and restore teeth that will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your filling procedure. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in enhancing the life of your new fillings.

Our dentists are experts at matching the natural tooth color of the filling to your existing tooth structure. It allows you to preserve your beautiful, natural smile!

Taking Care of Your Fillings

You should always practice good oral hygiene, which will also take care of your fillings. If you follow these tips, it should prolong the life of your dental fillings:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and use alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce bacteria
  • Limit sugary, sticky snacks
  • Don’t use tobacco products
  • Limit food and drinks that stain coffee, soda, juice, wine, and tea. Rinse your mouth with water afterward
  • Avoid biting down on hard foods and chewing ice
  • See a dentist once or twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings

Before & After

Tooth colored composite fillings replaces worn metal fillings.

Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth Colored Composite

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