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What are composite fillings? | Dentist West Frisco

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Composite fillings have a more natural appearance than other options. The composite material can be customized to match the shade of your tooth, so they’re almost unnoticeable to anyone who glances at your mouth.

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, chipped tooth, small fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

How are composite fillings placed?

How a composite filling is placed depends on the individual case. For instance, if the tooth is in bad shape, you may be required to get numb (apply anesthesia). However, for other cases, a layer of bonding is perfectly adequate. Your dentist will mold the composite bonding to fit your tooth – restoring its original shape and function. This procedure is done in one sitting and is usually quick and pain-free.

How long does a composite filling take?

There are several stages, including a ‘conditioning’ stage before the composite is placed, also if it is deep, a protective layer sometime should be applied first, before the composite filling can be placed in layers, and each layer is set separately.
Then finally they must be polished and smoothened at the end to make them blend into your natural teeth

Advantages of composites:

Aesthetics — the shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.

Bonding to tooth structure — composite fillings micro-mechanically bond to tooth structure, providing further support, and longevity.

Versatility — in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, small fracture or broken tooth, or worn teeth.

Tooth-sparing preparation — sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay / cavity as necessary. 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. The composite filling will then 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 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.