A composite filling is a white (tooth-colored) restoration used to repair damage to a tooth caused by decay, cracks, or fractures.
There are several different types of filling materials available to you. Composite and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used. However, unlike metal fillings, composite white fillings can be closely matched to the shade of existing teeth. This makes them cosmetically pleasing in restorations to the more visible areas of the teeth. Our team of knowledgeable, highly-trained dental experts will be pleased to explain all the options available to you.
With proper care, composite tooth-colored fillings will last quite a long time. However, as with most dental restorations, they are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.
Reasons for getting composite fillings:
- To repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- To close a gap between two teeth
- To restore worn or decayed teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings require just one appointment to restore your tooth to its original shape and function. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is sometimes experienced shortly after composite fillings are placed. However, this usually subsides after several days.
At North Andover Dental Partners, our team uses the latest technology and finest materials to produce composite fillings that offer superior fit, function, and aesthetics. We will provide instructions for the care of your new fillings. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits are recommended to extend the life of your new fillings.
Feel free to contact us at our North Andover dental office if you have any questions about composite fillings, or if you would like to schedule a smile consultation.