The most natural way to replace a missing tooth.
A tooth colored (composite) filling can be 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 specialized filling material.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. One advantage of tooth colored fillings is that the tooth-composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. 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. Best of all, composite resins allow us to remove less of your natural tooth structure.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced over time. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay as necessary. The surrounding tooth 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 may 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 hot and cold sensitivity 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 extend in the life of your new fillings.
I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.- Steve
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