Repairing Teeth Using Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are tooth-colored and used to repair chipped, cracked, broken, and decaying teeth.
You and your dentist can discuss which filling material will work best for your needs. Because composite fillings are white in color, they allow for better use in the front teeth and more visible areas.
Although durable and long-lasting, composite fillings need to be assessed for wear and damage at every dental checkup.
What composite fillings are used for:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How composite fillings are placed
If treating a cavity, your dentist will numb the affected tooth and remove the decay. The space is cleaned and the composite filling is placed and cured. The color is matched to the surrounding tooth so it will blend it perfectly.
For a chipped tooth, your dentist will shave down the damaged area, match the shade of the tooth to the composite, then rebuild the chip right on the tooth.
Teeth repaired with a composite filling may be more sensitive right after the procedure. This will subside after a short amount of time.
Your dentist will give you tips on cleaning and caring for your composite filling. Remember to always brush, floss, and rinse twice a day!