Composite Fillings at Couchman Dental
When you have a tooth that is affected by fractures, cracks, or decay, visit our office for composite (or tooth colored) fillings. Our Colorado Springs, CO, dentist will remove the affected or decayed portion of the tooth and fill the space with a composite filling.
There are a variety of filling materials that are available, and each comes with its own set of disadvantages and advantages. The best course of action is to meet with your dentist and discuss the available options and which will best fit your needs. Silver amalgam fillings, as well as composite fillings, are by far the most widely used filling products today. Composite fillings are a popular product because they are tooth-colored and can be created to match the color of your existing teeth—this makes them a great solution for filling visible areas.
Like many dental restorations, composite fillings wear over time and may need to be replaced eventually. When properly and professionally placed, the fillings can last for many years and provide you with a beautiful, long-lasting smile.
Your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist may recommend composite fillings for any of the following reasons:
- Worn teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken or cracked teeth.
- Closing the space between two teeth.
- Chipped teeth.
Composite Fillings: What to Expect
In most cases, composite fillings can usually be placed in one quick appointment. After numbing the area, your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist will remove any decaying tissues. Once the space has been cleaned thoroughly and carefully prepared, the new filling will be put in place. In cases where the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, the dentist will apply a special medication for extra protection. Finally, the composite filling will be set in place, shaped, and polished—leaving your tooth with its original function, shape, and shine.
Following the placing of composite fillings, it is entirely normal to experience mild sensitivity to cold and hot—but this will shortly subside after the tooth has acclimated to the new filling. Trust your dentist to give you up-to-date care instructions once the treatment has been finished. As always, it’s a good idea to maintain regular dental visits, eating habits, and oral hygiene practices.