A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Yaley will discuss the best options for restoring your teeth with you. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Composite fillings can by closely matched to the color of your existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the teeth.
Composite fillings are very durable but are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.
Reasons to get composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Yaley will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared for the new filling. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be used for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 325- 8030.