Composite fillings are used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
This type of filling is typically tooth-colored and made of composite resins, which are mercury-free. They are typically more natural looking since they match the color of the tooth and are the most common fillings used in cosmetic dentistry today. Since composite fillings bond to the tooth, these fillings typically restore most of the strength of the tooth.
There are many different types of materials used in the filling process and each has advantages and disadvantages. At Vista Dental Care and Specialty Center, you will be able to meet with Dr. Raza to discuss and decide on the best options for filling your teeth.
These types of fillings last many years, however they are not permanent and will need to be replaced at some point.
You typically only need one appointment for composite fillings. The dentist will first numb your tooth and then while it is numb, he will remove the decay. He will then clean the space thoroughly and make sure everything is prepared for the filling to be inserted.
If the dentist sees that the decay was close to the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied to the tooth for additional protection. The filling will be placed in the correct position, shaped and polished to make sure your tooth achieves its original shape and function.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold for a couple days, however this will soon fade as your tooth gets used to the new filling. At Vista Dental Care and Specialty Center, you will receive specific instructions for caring for your filled teeth including eating habits, hygiene practices and how often you should be coming in for dental visits.