What is a tooth colored 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 replaced with a composite filling that will match the shape and color of your existing tooth.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Our Beachwood OH dental office uses composite fillings rather than mercury/silver amalgam fillings.
There are many uses for composite or tooth colored fillings. Some of these are:
- To repair chipped teeth
- To close spacing between two teeth
- To restore cracked or broken teeth
- To repair decayed teeth
- To restore worn teeth
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How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually completed in one appointment. While the area around your tooth is numb, Dr. Faist will remove tooth decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is 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.