Skip to content

Composite Fillings

A composite, tooth-colored filling is employed to rectify a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and similar issues. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth undergoes removal before being filled with a composite filling. With various filling materials available, each boasting its own set of advantages and drawbacks, you and your dentist can collaborate to determine the most suitable options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, alongside 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, making them more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. Like most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday require replacement. Nevertheless, they are remarkably durable and can last many years, offering a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for 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 typically administered in one appointment. With the tooth numbed, your dentist will remove any decay as needed. The space will then be meticulously cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for added protection.

Subsequently, the composite filling is precisely placed, shaped, and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and function. It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold immediately after the placement of composite fillings, but this discomfort typically subsides as your tooth adjusts to the new filling.

Post-treatment care instructions will be provided. Embracing proper oral hygiene practices, maintaining healthy eating habits, and attending regular dental check-ups will aid in the longevity of your new fillings.

Responsive Image
Your Appointment

Convenient Appointments Monday through Friday.

No matter what your schedule looks like, we want to provide you with the high-quality dentistry that you deserve. Call (931) 551-8705 to book your appointment today!