Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dentists use composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
Reasons for Fillings
What Does a Filling Involve?
First, Dr. Wentworth will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling.
Dr. Wentworth will thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth to successfully bond with the composite material.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.
In addition, composites are "bonded" or attached with adhesive to the tooth often allowing a more conservative repair. Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
Composite filling material is also commonly used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. It can also be used to veneer the front of the teeth. This is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, composite typically does not last as long as porcelain.
If your tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to Call Our Office so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.
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