Dental restorations are intended to be unnoticeable and natural. Compared to amalgam fillings, which are darker and easier for others to notice, they look more natural and fit in well with the teeth. Composite fillings are constructed from ceramic and plastic materials that cling to the teeth chemically. They can be used to repair chipped or broken teeth and to fill in decayed areas of the teeth. Since they are more obvious when patients smile, most dentists treat the teeth closest to the front of the mouth with composite restorations. But thanks to developments in dental technology and the makeup of composite fillings, dentists can now place tooth-coloured fillings on molars, which also see greater wear than other teeth.
Am I a candidate for tooth-coloured fillings?
You can be a candidate for a tooth-coloured filling if you have a cavity, a damaged tooth, or a decayed filling. Schedule a dental consultation to determine whether composites are the best option for you.
What can I anticipate if my dentist determines that a tooth-coloured filling is the best option for me?
During your visit, a local anesthetic will be applied close to the filling site to numb your gums and teeth. The decayed or damaged part of your teeth will be removed once the area has become numb to make way for the new tooth-coloured filling. A hand-held lamp will be used to cure a resin over the region for less than a minute. The treatment will subsequently be finished by shaping and polishing the new filling.
What sort of after-care is necessary after receiving a composite filling?
Your dentist’s practice uses light to cure composite fillings. After your appointment, you should be able to resume your regular activities and oral care. In the days after treatment, it’s usual for treated teeth to feel some sensitivity to heat and cold. However, a sensitivity that lasts more than a week should be addressed to your dentist.