what to expect with composite fillings
Composite fillings are completed in one visit. The first step is to numb the tooth and clean out the decayed area. Your dentist will remove as little of the tooth structure as possible to minimize the size of the filling, while completely removing the decay. The area is then cleaned and filled with the composite resin, restoring the shape of the natural tooth. The resin is then bonded to the tooth and smoothed to remove any sharp edges or rough surfaces. When the decay extends near the root, or nerve of the tooth, a medication is placed before the composite filling by our dentists.
Composite fillings are very durable and resistant to cracking or breaking. However, not all decay or cavities can be treated with simple fillings; your dentist may recommend alternate treatments like crowns or root canals for more serious dental issues. We are always happy to talk through possible treatments and options with our patients.
When fillings are placed, you may be sensitive to heat and cold at first, but this subsides once you get used to the new filling. It’s also important to keep up good brushing and flossing habits after having fillings, to reduce wear and any staining that may happen. While composite fillings have many benefits, they also are vulnerable to staining just like your natural teeth, so good dental hygiene is needed. For more information about fillings and our other services, please contact us for an appointment.