A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, chips, size discrepancy, discoloration, wear etc. 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. We can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. We do not use dental amalgam (silver filling). Because composite filling is available in many shades, it can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings do wear and may someday have to be replaced. One of the few weaknesses of composite filling is strength and wear resistance. It is best used in smaller, more conservative applications. In those circumstances, it can last many years. We do use it for very large restorations on a "temporary" basis.
Reasons for composite fillings:
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. For very small restorations, it is not uncommon to complete the procedure without the need for any anesthesia. For larger, more extensive restorations, anesthesia is administered. Generally, decay, old filling and debris is removed and the tooth surface disinfected and conditioned. Light sensitive adhesives are applied to the tooth and the composite placed. In the case of anterior teeth' composite of various shades is blended and placed. Once the sculpting is completed, the soft composite is exposed to very bright light and "cured". Finally, careful shaping, polishing and finishing is done to make the restoration blend in with the other teeth.