Composite fillings are used to repair teeth that have been harmed by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and then replaced by a resin-based composite filling. Resin fillings can be made from a variety of materials, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Most often, resin fillings are made from a composite of plastic and ceramic materials to mimic the natural color of teeth. Because resin-based composite fillings are tooth colored, they are often chosen to be used in the more visible areas of the mouth, such as the front teeth. While resin fillings are very durable, they are not permanent and may eventually need to be replaced.
Reasons you might require composite fillings include:
- Tooth decay
- Cracked tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Filling a space between two teeth
Composite fillings do not take much time to put in place and can usually be done in a single appointment. Dr. Steven Olsen will apply a numbing agent to the tooth and, once it takes effect, remove the decayed portion. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned, rinsed, and dried before the new resin filling is put into place. The composite material will then be put into place, shaped, polished and dried to restore your tooth to its original condition. Afterward, you may experience minor sensitivity to hot and cold temperature, although this is only temporary. Dr. Olsen will instruct you on how to care for your resin fillings such as good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular scheduled cleanings to increase their life expectancy.
Resin fillings have a cosmetic advantage over most other types of fillings. Dentists can blend the color to a nearly identical match of the tooth. Composite fillings bond to the tooth and support the remaining structure to prevent further damage and also provide insulation.
Dr. Steven C. Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, is a Dentist who services patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!