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Composite Fillings

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.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Dr. Sweeney can discuss with you the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Dr. Sweeney works mostly with composite because fillings performed with this material require minimal removal of tooth structure, making the tooth less likely to break in the future. Also, these fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited fillings, especially in front teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Hometown Dental is equipped with the latest advancements in laser dentistry. As a certified Biolase dentist, Dr. Sweeney has the capability of removing decay from the tooth in a painless procedure that DOES NOT REQUIRE ANESTHESIA! 

For some procedures (such as removing old amalgam fillings) anesthetic will need to be administered. Once Dr. Sweeney removes the portions of the tooth that are decayed, he will  thoroughly clean the space 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.