A composite filling is used to repair a small portion of a tooth that is decaying, cracking, fracturing, etc. The affected section of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. If the lost tooth structure is large, a crown or onlay may be more appropriate. This is often the case when there would be more filling material than tooth structure remaining.
There are various filling materials available. The best option for restoring your teeth will be discussed when you meet with us.
Composite fillings are the most widely used today for restoring front teeth. Composite fillings are made to closely resemble the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically appropriate for use in more visible regions of the mouth.
Although composite fillings are extremely durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile, the fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced someday.
Composite fillings are used for:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Decayed or worn teeth
Composite fillings are placed in one appointment. The decay is removed as necessary while the tooth is numb. After the space is cleaned and carefully prepared, the new filling is placed, shaped and polished, bringing your tooth back to its original shape and function.
When you have a filling on a tooth, you must be extra careful to clean between the filling and your tooth. Decay returning through this junction is the most common reason fillings are replaced. This material can stain over the years. For superior, long-lasting looks, porcelain restorations (crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays) are more appropriate.