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A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, 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. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Am I a Good Candidate for Composite Fillings?
The best candidates for composite fillings are patients who want to correct tooth decay or restore the appearance of a damaged tooth. Composite fillings are a suitable treatment for children and adults.
Patients with existing metal fillings can be candidates for composite fillings as well. There are functional and cosmetic advantages to replacing metal fillings with composite fillings.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain, have noticed dark spots on a tooth, and/or have developed bad breath, you may have tooth decay and should schedule a consultation with Dr. Sabharwal to find out if you are a candidate for composite fillings. It is important to seek treatment right away to avoid irreparable damage to the tooth and other complications.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How to Prepare for a Composite Filling Appointment
Preparation for a composite filling is simple. Since composite filling procedures are non-invasive, there’s no need to fast before your treatment. You will just need to brush and floss your teeth before coming to your appointment.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. 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.
Composite Filling Aftercare
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral home care, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Contact Us to Learn More
To learn more about composite fillings in Arlington, contact SKS Dental and schedule a consultation. At your consultation, Dr. Sabharwal will perform a thorough exam to identify the best treatment approach for your needs and will answer any questions you may have about the health and appearance of your teeth.
Dr. Sabharwal is a wonderful dentist! I would highly recommend her and have done so to all my friends. Her new office is bright and welcoming. Her staff are friendly and helpful. She is very patient with me – I’m nervous about going to the dentist- and I appreciate how she explains the procedures when I ask for more information. She also sees my kids- ages 4,9 and 7- and they enjoy going to visit her. She has a great manner with children and adults. We are so happy to have found such a great dentist!