We at Tilden Dental Group only place tooth colored fillings. There is no silver amalgam filling material in our practice because those fillings are simply not the best treatment available, so it violates our practice philosophy of always providing you the highest standard of dental care. Also, silver fillings expand and contract at a different rate of the tooth, so there is microleakage around them. This is why silver fillings often need replacement.
What is a filling?
A composite (tooth colored) filling 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 filling. Why do we love working with composite? It actually forms a chemical bond with your tooth, so it is sealing it off to bacteria.
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, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. You will love the fact that your fillings are difficult to find!
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced if decay starts in the surrounding tooth structure. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
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How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. 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. 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.