“No matter whether your tooth has a cavity, is cracked or chipped, Dr. Monroe has a filling option that is right for you. Her preferred method is to use a composite (or tooth colored) material to fill your tooth. The main benefit to this type of filling is that the fillings themselves are invisible to the eye. No more unsightly dark material in your mouth, just the appearance of beautiful white teeth.”
The fillings are made by applying several layers of liquid plastic which are cured by the use of a special light. After the tooth has been filled with enough composite resin, the plastic material can be shaped, molded and polished to give the natural tooth appearance that you desire.
In addition to providing a tremendous aesthetic benefit, the composite filling bond to the tooth chemically which protects the remaining tooth structure and minimizes the risk of more invasive and expensive procedures like root canals, implants or dentures later down the road.
What are composite fillings?
Mouth fillings are the most popular method of restoring teeth. There are many types of materials that can be used for fillings such as amalgam and gold. Composites fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of teeth and look natural. Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they may also be used for cracked or broken teeth, stained teeth, or teeth that have been worn down.
How are fillings placed?
Fillings are very common and can be done in one visit to the dentist. Once anesthesia is applied, Dr. Monroe will begin removing decay from the tooth using a dental drill and clean out the decay area. When all the decay is removed, she will prepare and shape the area so that the filling material, such as composite, can be placed. Once the filling has been placed, the filling will be shaped and the tooth will be polished so it can look as natural as possible.
After first receiving a filling, many patients become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods. When the tooth becomes used to having the filling, the sensitivity will subside.