Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
Composite Fillings

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

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist 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, and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, they are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

Although composite fillings are very durable and will last many years, as with most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may eventually have to be replaced.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay 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.