Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are used to repair a tooth that has experienced some type of damage, whether it be decay, a chip, or something else. Once the flawed part of the tooth is removed, the composite filling is used to fill up the tooth, giving it back its original form.
Reasons for composite fillings include:
Composite fillings are only one of the many filling options that are available for restorations. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, and Dr. Cancelliere would be the best one to discuss the different options with you. Silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings are used more than any other type of filling. Composite fillings can be very closely matched to a tooth’s existing color and are therefore more appropriate for front teeth or other visible teeth.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the doctor will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, we may apply a special medication for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is not abnormal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Composite fillings are very durable, lasting for several years, but they most likely will have to be replaced after time.