Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings or white fillings, are used to restore teeth with small to medium areas of decay. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made from metal and are highly visible, composite fillings are designed to blend in with your natural tooth structure and are invisible once placed. Composite fillings are made from a dental material called composite resin, which is made using ceramic and plastic compounds.
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Composite resin can also be used to repair damaged teeth with minor chips or cracks using a procedure known as composite bonding.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for a composite filling?
You may be a candidate for a composite filling if you have a small to a medium cavity or a damaged tooth with a minor chip or crack. Composite fillings are placed to restore decayed teeth, while composite bonding can be used to restore a damaged tooth. To determine if composite fillings are right for you, schedule a consultation with Park City Dental today.
What should I expect when having a composite filling placed at Park City Dental?
When having a composite filling placed at Park City Dental, you can first expect to have your mouth numbed so that you don’t feel anything during the procedure. Next, Our doctor will begin by removing the decayed or damaged tissue from the affected area. After the affected area has been properly cleaned, then composite resin will be used to fill in the cavity. It will be placed one layer at a time, with each layer being hardened with a special light in less than a minute. The final layer will be shaped and polished so that it matches the surrounding tooth structure.
Do I need to follow any special instructions after getting a composite filling?
After getting a composite filling, you will be able to return to your normal activities. However, you may need to wait until your mouth regains feeling before eating or drinking. In some cases, you may experience some minor tooth sensitivity until your tooth adjusts to the new filling. This should fade within a few days and you should call our office if it persists.