What is a Composite Filling?

A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or other causes.

Because it's tooth-colored, it can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, and is more aesthetically suited for use in your front teeth or the other more visible ones.

It's very durable and will last many years; however, as with most dental restorations, it may someday need to be replaced due to normal wear.

Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.

5 Reasons for a Composite Filling

Restore a chipped tooth

Restore a cracked or broken tooth

Restore a decayed tooth

Restore a worn tooth

Close the space between two teeth

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What does it involve?

A composite filling is usually placed in one appointment. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Ochev will discuss the best options for you.

Your Visit

While your tooth is numb, Dr. Ochev removes the affected portion of your tooth. The space for the new filling is thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared. If decay is present near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication is applied for added protection. Then, the composite filling is precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

What to Expect After

It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when a composite filling is first placed; however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

Caring for Your New Filling

You’ll receive care instructions at the end of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new composite filling.