Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more easily seen. Composite fillings can be used to fill in decayed areas, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing, durable and require less tooth structure removal than an amalgam or silver filling. Composite filling material can be used to fill cavities or as a cosmetic bonding material to improve the appearance of front teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a cavity, broken tooth or deteriorated filling, you may be a candidate for a tooth-colored filling. Schedule a dental consultation to find out if composite fillings are right for you.
During your visit, your gums and teeth will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, the decayed or damaged portion of your tooth will be removed to make room for the new tooth-colored filling. A resin will be placed over the area and cured with a hand-held light for less than a minute. The new filling will then be shaped and polished before the procedure is complete.
Aside from taking precautions while your mouth is numb from the anesthetic, you should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment, but sensitivity that persists beyond a week should be reported to Dr. Kittell and team.