Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings that are used to repair decayed, fractured, chipped, broken or cracked parts of a tooth and close spaces between teeth. There are different types of filling materials designed to alleviate different teeth problems. Therefore, your dentist examines you first before determining the best composite filling option for restoring your teeth. Being tooth colored, composite fillings are matched to the color of your teeth. Hence they are ideal for use in visible teeth areas or front teeth. Nonetheless, composite fillings may require replacement after years of use; your dentist should advise on how to care for the composite fillings and when to replace them.
How composite fillings are placed
You require only one doctor’s appointment for a successful composite filling. Your dentist starts by numbing the tooth and removing the decay. The dentist prepares the area for composite fillings by cleaning it carefully and thoroughly. The composite filling is then placed, shaped and polished to restore the initial tooth shape and functionality. Note that, if the decayed area was near a nerve, a special medication must be used before the filling is paced to ensure added protection.
Reasons for Composite Fillings:
- Chipped Teeth.
- Closing space between two Teeth.
- Cracked or broken Teeth.
- Decayed Teeth.
- Worn Teeth.
After composite fillings are placed
You may be sensitive to cold or hot things before your tooth adapts to the new filling portion. Your Lake Elsinore dentist will give you clear care instructions on acceptable hygiene practices, eating habits and importance of regular dentist visits that you must adhere to in order to maintain your composite fillings for long.