Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are natural-like fillings used to replace damaged tooth parts. Usually, the reasons for composite fillings are among the following:
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
- For closing the space between two teeth
Composite fillings are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to have their teeth looking natural even after repairs. They provide outstanding durability (usually many years at a time) and increased resistance to fractures. Essentially, composite fillings allow you to do the same things you would do with regular teeth.
However, composite fillings do not necessarily last forever and may require replacement after some time. Some studies even say that they remain less than regular amalgam fillings (metal fillings), which were more popular in the past. However, these do not offer the same level of aesthetics as composite fillings.
How are tooth-colored fillings placed?
In most cases, you will only need one appointment at your dental professional’s office to have a composite filling placed.
If you are getting a filling because of tooth decay, the dentist will first have to remove the decay before doing the procedure. The subsequent action is usually the same. The dentist will thoroughly clean your tooth and carefully get it ready for the filling to be inserted.
The next step is to place the filling correctly, carefully, and mold and shape it to look the same as your regular teeth. The professional will also make sure that the color matches your previous tooth and the teeth around it. They will also make sure to polish it thoroughly and enable it to have the same function and aesthetics as before.
When the procedure is done, it's normal to feel some uncomfortableness with your new filling for a while, but over time, this will disappear. However, you will get instructions on the right habits and hygiene practices to respect for your new filling to last for as long as possible.