Dental Fillings Overview

Dental Fillings Overview

FIXING YOUR SMILE one tooth at a time.

A composite or tooth colored filling is typically used to repair a tooth that has become infected by decay, cracks, or detrimental fractures.

Your dentist will remove the affected portion of the tooth and replace with a composite filling. As with most cosmetic dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

REASONS FOR OBTAINING DENTAL FILLINGS

  • Chipped tooth
  • Close space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

What fillings are best for you?  It is important for you to discuss the best options for restoring your teeth with your dentist. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

TYPES OF DENTAL FILLINGS

Composite Fillings

  • Allow the dentist to remove less of the tooth
  • Natural or Tooth-colored
  • Long-Lasting

Dental Amalgam

  • Alloy made of mercury and other metals including silver, copper and tin
  • Used for fillings for over 150 years
  • Silver in color – Do not look as natural as a tooth-colored filling

PROCEDURE FOR DENTAL FILLINGS

Stage 1 | Removing Decay

Composite fillings are typically implemented in one appointment. After numbing the tooth, decay is eradicated as needed. If the decay is closer to the nerve of the tooth, medication will be applied for additional protection.

Stage 2 | Placement of Filling

The area will be meticulously cleaned and cautiously primed before a new filling is positioned. The composite filling is accurately placed, shaped, and polished – further restoring your tooth to its natural shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings after your first visit with your dentist, however this will subside shortly after your tooth familiarizes itself to the new filling.

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