Tooth Colored Restorations
A composite (tooth colored) restoration is 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 composite restoration.
There are many types of restorative materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite restorations are the most widely used today. Because composite restorations are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. They also create a bond with healthy tooth structure to help strengthen restored teeth, unlike traditional amalgam (silver) fillings which can place excessive stress on teeth. Composites are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite restorations 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 restorations:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite restorations placed?
Composite restorations are placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new restoration is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite restoration 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 restorations 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 restoration.