The composite (tooth-colored) fillings are used to repair a tooth that has been decayed, cracked, fractured, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and, after that, a composite filling will be used to repair the tooth.

Each of the filling materials has its own advantages and disadvantages, and there is a wide variety of filling materials on the market.  Your dentist and you can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  As far as dental fillings go, composite fillings are probably the most widely used fillings today, along with silver amalgam fillings.  The color of composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, making them more suitable for use in front teeth or areas of the mouth that are more visible.


In the same way that most dental restorations are not permanent, composite fillings may eventually have to be replaced, as with most dental restorations.  Providing you with a long-lasting, beautiful smile, they are extremely durable and will last for many years.

Composite fillings are used for the following reasons:

  • Teeth that are cracked or broken.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.
  • Teeth that are chipped.
  • Filling the space between two teeth.

In what manner are composite fillings placed?

 In most cases, composite fillings can be placed in one appointment.  Your dentist will remove decay while the tooth is numb.  Prior to the placement of the new filling, the space will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared.  An additional layer of protection will be applied if the decay was located near the nerve of the tooth.  Once the composite filling has been placed, shaped, and polished, your tooth will be restored to its original shape and function once the composite filling has been placed, shaped, and polished. 

In the beginning, composite fillings may cause your tooth to experience sensitivity to hot and cold. However, this will subside once your tooth acclimates to the new filling after a few weeks after placing the composite filling.

As soon as your treatment has been completed, you will be given care instructions.  A good oral hygiene routine, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new fillings.

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