Composite Fillings

Fillings are the easiest and simplest method of repairing decaying teeth. In the past, cavities could only be treated with metal fillings. These fillings did not match the natural colour of your teeth and often spoiled the attractiveness of your smile.

Today, dentists can choose from several different materials to fill cavities, including strong, tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resins. These new materials are very durable and can be closely matched to the shade of your teeth, making your fillings almost invisible. Tooth-coloured fillings restore the beauty of your smile, giving you a very natural, attractive result. No more worries about showing your dental work every time you laugh or talk!

With the many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, you and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. 

Reasons for 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, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied 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, however 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.

If you are interested in learning more about tooth-coloured fillings or metal filling replacement, please contact Dental Health Group today!