A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other types of damage. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and the dentist at The Dental Group of East Brunswick can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use on front teeth or the more visible areas of the mouth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. While they are not technically permanent, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for Getting Composite Fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

How are Composite Fillings Placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decayed area. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the 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 prolong the life of your new fillings. Contact our dental office today for an appointment.