At some point in your life, it is possible that you will have a cavity in one of your teeth. If you have a cavity, there is a good chance that your dentist will use a dental filling to finalize the treatment of your tooth.
What is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are used by a dentist to “fill” space from a cavity after treatment. Composite fillings, also known as white fillings or tooth-colored fillings, are dental fillings used to restore teeth with small to medium cavities. To treat a cavity, the dentist will drill around the damaged area of your tooth to remove all the decay. This area will then be “filled” with the dental filling material. Dental fillings use material that mimics both the look and the strength of your existing teeth so everything will look natural when finished.
There are several types of fillings that your dentist may use in your treatment. The most common filling material is a composite filling that most closely matches the look of your teeth. Your dentist will go over this with you before applying the filling to ensure that the best option is chosen.
If you have a cavity and need a dental filling, schedule a consultation with our dental team today.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Decayed teeth..
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken 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 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.
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 the life of your new fillings.