Composite fillings help repair defective teeth. Decay, cracks or fractures can be treated using various types of composite filling materials to replace affected areas that must be removed from the natural tooth. Modern composite fillings can be closely matched to your existing tooth color and are best suited for use in front of the visible areas of your teeth. Many materials are available to fill problem areas each composite option has certain advantages and disadvantages. Your St. Paul Family Dentistcan help you make the most informed choice to restore your teeth.
Composite fillings are long lasting and will give you a beautiful smile for many years. However, as is true with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Composite fillings can effectively treat the following problems:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing the space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
In most cases, composite fillings can be placed in just one appointment. After carefully numbing the affected tooth, all decay will be removed as necessary. If decay is also found near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied to provide additional protection. Your Highland Park St Paul General Dentistwill then clean and prepare the exposed area before placing the new filling. Once the filling has been placed, your tooth will be shaped and then polished to restore original form and function.
Patients should be advised that some sensitivity to hot and cold immediately following your filling placement is to be somewhat expected. However, this should diminish once your tooth acclimates its new composite filling.
After the procedure has been completed in the office, you will receive instructions on how to best care for your newly-filled tooth. Maintaining quality oral hygiene practices, smart eating habits, and consistent dental visits are essential to ensuring a lasting, healthy dental restoration.