Our office uses tooth colored (composite) fillings to repair teeth that are affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. unless a crown required for protection. The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed then filled with a composite filling.
Many different types of restorations are available, the types most suitable for your oral condition will be discussed in detail by Dr. Parsi. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, are more aesthetic, and allow for removal of less tooth structure, they are preferred over amalgams.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. With proper cleaning and maintenance, composite fillings will provide beautiful, lasting results for many years.
Composite fillings can fix the following conditions:
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing gaps between teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are placed in one appointment. Once the tooth is numb, Dr. Parsi will remove any decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection and to decrease post-treatment sensitivity. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its beautiful new shape and function.
It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. This will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Practicing good oral hygiene, eating habits, and scheduling regular dental visits will ensure your restorations last for years to come.