Composite (tooth colored) Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, small cracks, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling material.
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 are the most widely used 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 teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are durable, typically last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite filling:
  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Small cracks or small fractures in teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • 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 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 (called an indirect or direct pulp cap).  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 within a couple weeks while 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.