Composite Fillings

What are composite fillings?

Dental fillings are the most popular method of restoring teeth. Our office does not perform amalgam fillings and prefers to stay as metal free as possible. Composites fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of teeth and look natural. Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they may also be used for cracked or broken teeth, stained teeth, and teeth that have been worn down.

How are fillings placed?

Fillings are very common and can be done in one visit to the dentist. Once anesthesia is applied, the dentist will begin removing decay from the tooth using a dental drill and clean out the decayed area. When all the decay is removed, the dentist will prepare and shape the area so that the filling material, such as composite, can be placed. Once the filling has been placed, the filling will be shaped and the tooth will be polished so it can look as natural as possible.

After first receiving a filling, some patients may become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods. When the tooth becomes used to having the filling, the sensitivity will subside.

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