GENERAL DENTISTRY

Composite/Tooth colored fillings

Composite/Tooth colored fillings

Dental fillings are often used to restore teeth that have a small amount of tooth decay, otherwise known as a cavity. When it comes to repairing small chips or restoring small cavities, composite resins that are tooth-colored offer the most superior result. They come in many shades for the best color match. In the hands of a skilled doctor, composite fillings can blend perfectly with your natural teeth, making them impossible to distinguish.

How does tooth-colored fillings work?

Routine fillings to repair small chips/cracks or cavitation in tooth only require local anesthesia.
A standard filling procedure involves isolating the tooth that will be filled. Once this has been established, your dentist will use special instruments to remove the decayed area from your tooth, preventing it from spreading any further.

If it is deep, a liner is placed to protect the nerve and other material placed to prevent sensitivity. Unlike the traditional silver-colored amalgam fillings, composites offer excellent strength, because they chemically bond to your tooth. They are placed in multiple layers to optimize bond strength. Your dentist will make sure you have a comfortable bite before you leave the office.

How long do Fillings last?

It is difficult to pinpoint an exact range because there are too many factors that contribute to how long your filling will last: the material is chosen, the type of foods you eat, drinks consumed, and habits (i.e. grinding teeth) all play an equal role in determining the life of a dental filling. Typically, any material chosen will last at least 5-8 years. Taking care of your teeth will prolong the life of any dental work in your mouth.

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