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Composite (White) Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) restoration (filling) is used to restore a tooth that is affected by decay, fractures, cracks, etc.  The affected or decayed portion of the tooth will be taken away and then filled with a composite filling.

There are several types of filling materials available, each with their own disadvantages and advantages. You can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth with Dr. Braithwaite.  Dr. Braithwaite does not restore teeth with silver amalgam (alloy) fillings.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be easily matched to the shade of your teeth, and are more cosmetically suited for use in the front or the more visible areas of the teeth.

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

Reasons for composite fillings:

Decayed teeth.

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Worn (abraided) teeth.
  • Broken or cracked teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.

How are composite restorations placed?

Composite fillings are in most cases placed in one visit. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Braithwaite will remove the cavity as needed.  The area will then be completely cleaned and carefully prepared before the new restoration is placed.  If the decay was close to the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be placed for added protection.  The composite filling will then be exactly placed, smoothed, and polished, restoring your tooth to its former function and shape.

It is rare to experience sensitivity to hot and cold after composite restorations are first placed, however mild sensitivity is normal as your tooth gets used to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the end of your appointment.  Regular dental visits, good oral hygiene habits, eating habits, and eating practices will assist in the longevity of your new fillings.