A composite filling is a white (tooth colored) restoration used to repair damage to a tooth caused by decay, cracks or fractures.
There are several different types of filling materials available to you. Composite and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used. A composite filling is a white restoration made to closely match the color of your teeth. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings are mercury free. Moreover, they lack the metallic luster of silver fillings, making them more appealing cosmetically for restorations needed in the more visible areas of your teeth. If you have any questions, we are pleased to explain all the options available to you.
With proper care, composite fillings will last a long time, but as with most dental restorations they are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.
Reasons for getting composite fillings:
- To repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
- To close a gap between two teeth.
- To restore worn or decayed teeth.
Composite fillings require just one appointment to restore your tooth to its original shape and function. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is sometimes experienced shortly after composite fillings are placed; however, this usually subsides after several days.
At Falmouth Dental Associates we use the latest technology and finest materials to produce composite fillings that offer superior fit, function and aesthetics. We will provide instructions for the care of your new fillings. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visit are recommended to extend the life of your new fillings.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about composite fillings or to schedule a smile consultation with one of our doctors.