When decay, a fracture, a crack, or another issue damages a tooth then in many cases, the best option is a tooth colored composite filling, otherwise known as a dental filling. In this process, the decay is taken completely out so that there is no more remaining that can cause the tooth to continue to deteriorate. The void that that leaves will then be filled with the composite dental filling to prevent any more bacteria from getting in there.
There are different kinds of materials that are used for dental fillings, and you will be able to discuss the different options with your dentist. As composite fillings are the same colour as your teeth, many people perhaps including yourself will not even notice it.
Although some dental fillings will require maintenance in the future, they are incredibly strong and durable, and can last many years. Composite dental fillings are a good choice for you if:
- You have chipped teeth
- You have gaps between your teeth
- You have cracked or broken teeth
- You have worn teeth
- You have decayed teeth
How are composite fillings done?
Only one appointment is required to have composite dental fillings done, and your dentist will numb the area so that you do not feel anything. Once the area has been completely cleaned, and all decay removed from it, a special medicine is applied to ensure that your root does not get harmed during the procedure. As the filling is applied, your dentist will shape and polish it so that it will return your tooth to looking how it used to.
Sensitivity to very hot and very cold things is very common when you have just had a composite dental filling, but over time this will quickly disappear, and you can enjoy your tooth as any other. You can ensure that it stays in the best possible health by practising excellent oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and ensuring that you visit your dentist regularly.
If you would like to see Dr. Woods to discuss the possibility of getting composite fillings, call (619) 640-5100