A composite filling or white fillings is used to repair a tooth that is suffering from decay, cracks, fractures or defective older fillings. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will be removed, sterilised 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. As composite fillings can be tailored to match your natural tooth colour, they are a popular option and more aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
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 for the new filling. 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 fitted, shaped, and polished, to restore functionality, durability, strength and a natural appearance.
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 extending the life of your new fillings.
If you feel white fillings are the solution for you, contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation.
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