A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. Composite fillings are tooth-colored for aesthetics. The affected or decayed part of the tooth will be removed and then filled back in with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Griffin can discuss the best option that is right for you to restore your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used type of filling used in dental offices 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 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.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Teeth that have been chipped
- Two teeth with a gap between them
- Teeth that are broken or cracked
- Teeth that have become decayed over time
- Teeth that have been worn down
How are composite fillings placed?
Dr. Griffin typically places composite fillings during a single appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Griffin will remove any decay he finds 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.
If you need any composite fillings done in the Boystown and Wrigleyville neighborhood, please give Dr. Griffin a call today at 773-985-1181 or contact us via our online form to set an appointment.