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
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 the more visible areas of the teeth.
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
Reasons for composite fillings:
How are composite fillings placed?
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the
tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. 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.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first
placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral
hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.