Tooth Colored Fillings

African American dental patient smiling and awaiting a tooth coloring procedure

Is your tooth decayed, cracked, fractured, broken, discolored? Are you tired of the dark amalgam fillings in your mouth? If this is the case for you, then a composite (tooth colored) filling may be your solution. Because the fillings are tooth-colored, they blend right in with your natural 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 smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Repairing chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
  • Removing tooth decay.
  • Repairing worn teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The area 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.

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