At Pickering Village Dental Office, our Ajax dentists use composite fillings to repair decayed, cracked or fractured teeth.
What is a Composite Filling?
A composite (tooth-coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures and more. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, then filled with a composite filling.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, leaving you with a natural smile.
Colour Matching With Composite Fillings
Because composite fillings are tooth-coloured, they can be closely matched to the colour of your existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of teeth.
Reasons for Getting a Composite Filling
You may need a composite filling for any of several reasons, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
Composite fillings are now used more often than other types. A composite filling blends in with your natural teeth to restore chips, cracks or other blemishes and help restore your uniform smile.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Your tooth will be numbed before the dentist removes decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.
If the decay was near the tooth's nerve, special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will be precisely placed, shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this should subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions when the procedure is complete.