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Composite Fillings

Keep Your Smile Brilliant with Composite Tooth Fillings in Aurora, CO

A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other challenges in a tooth's surface. Unlike old-fashioned metal fillings, composite fillings are constructed from a durable polymer that looks and feels like a natural tooth. This tooth-colored material improves the appearance of fillings in both rear and front teeth. If you are experiencing dental problems like cavities or cracked teeth, a member of the Associates in Family Dentistry team in Aurora, CO, can repair your smile with composite fillings.

How do composite fillings work?

Composite fillings are intended to replace the missing or decaying portions of a tooth with a hard, durable material that imitates the appearance and sensation of real teeth. 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 closely match the color of your existing teeth. This makes them more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.

If you have a cavity, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and identify any areas of decay. Then, the decaying or affected portions of the teeth will be carefully removed. Composite filling will then be molded into this space to seal off the hole and prevent future decay.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings can occasionally crack, break, or fall out and may someday have to be replaced. However, in general, composite fillings are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings

Composite fillings offer versatile solutions for dental challenges that include:

How are composite fillings placed? 

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment, generally immediately after decaying areas of the tooth are properly treated.  

First, your dentist will numb the area around your affected tooth to prevent any pain during the process. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. 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 to keep decay from spreading to the surrounding healthy teeth.

Once the area is clean and ready, your dentist will apply composite filling in the appropriate places in your tooth. The composite filling will then be precisely shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids when composite fillings are first placed. This sensitivity will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. If you experience ongoing issues with sensitivity or your new filling does not feel comfortable in your mouth, let your dentist know.

Proper care for your fillings can ensure a long life and a reduced risk of cracking, breaking, or loosening in the future. At the conclusion of your treatment, you will receive care instructions to facilitate best practices. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

We at Associates in Family Dentistry in Aurora, CO, are here to ensure your comfort and oral health, so call our office today for an appointment!

Contact us at (303) 755-5768 to learn more about composite fillings!