Composite fillings, also referred to as ” white” or “tooth-colored” fillings, are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more visible. Composite fillings can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth.
What should I expect during a dental visit for a composite filling?
During your visit, your gums and teeth will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, the decayed or damaged portion of your teeth will be removed. A series of steps are used to ensure that the composite bonds to the tooth, and then the composite is added to replace the missing tooth structure. The new filling will then be shaped and polished before the procedure is complete.
What type of post-treatment care is required after getting a composite filling?
You should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It is normal to experience cold sensitivity following the placement of a composite filling. A quick “zing” with ice water, ice cold pop or ice cream is normal and will improve with time.