If you have teeth that are affected by cracks, decay, fractures, etc., then fillings are an ideal restoration option for you. Hera at our office, we offer tooth-colored, metal free fillings that are a great way to restore your teeth in a natural-looking way.
Composite fillings are a highly popular alternative to metal-based fillings because of the cosmetic advantages they offer and the fact that they are much safer. Unlike silver fillings, composite fillings add strength to the natural tooth structure and need less of the natural tooth structure to be removed prior to their placement.
Fillings can be used to restore:
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth with uneven spacing
- Broken or cracked or teeth
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
The placement of composite fillings can be done in a single appointment. First, we anesthetize the tooth and remove decay. The space is then cleaned and prepared before placing the filling material inside it. If the tooth was decayed near the nerve area, a special medication is applied for added protection. The filling is carefully shaped and polished to give the tooth a natural look and to make sure that your bite is proper. We will give you instructions on how to care for your newly restored tooth. It is normal to experience some sensitivity until the tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Caring for your composite fillings is simple. All you need to do is maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing and professional cleanings. You must also avoid foods such as coffee, tea, wine, soda, etc. that may cause stains on your teeth.
Fillings are highly durable, but they are not permanent and may need replacement after some time. With proper care and maintenance, they can give you a beautiful and healthy smile for several years.
For more information on composite fillings or to schedule an appointment, please call Village Dental at (847) 469-4340.