Composite Fillings


Dental Fillings in Medfield

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed and then replaced with the composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.  We will discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver/mercury/amalgam fillings, are the most widely used dental materials today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth.  As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. 

Reasons for placing composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth requiring a conservative filling.
  • Worn teeth.

Composite fillings are more conservative than their silver/mercury/amalgam counterparts.  Because the composite resin material can be bonded to your tooth, far less tooth structure needs to be removed.  Our philosophy of minimally invasive dentisty favors preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as is possible.  The result is a stronger tooth, a lower incidence of tooth fracture, and a longer-lasting restoration.

    How are composite fillings placed?
    Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, we remove all decay.  The space is then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.   The composite filling material is then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

    It is not unusual  to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after composite fillings are first placed, however, this will subside shortly as your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

    You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new fillings.

    You will find our video presentation on composite fillings under: Dentistry on Video/Bonding

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