A composite/resin filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
How is a white filling placed?
Following tooth preparation, our dentist places the composite in layers, using a light to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
What are the advantages of composites?
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites,shades are used to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage.
What are the disadvantages?
After receiving a composite, a patient may experience postoperative sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods. Composites tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF PLACING NEW FILLINGS
Sensitivity can be present after a filling has been placed. It can present with air/sweet things and sometimes pressure. These signs should subside within a few days. However if it is prolonged please contact your dentist. It may be that the filling is high and needs to be adjusted. If decay is present and close to the nerve of the tooth there is a chance that it may unsettle the nerve. In most cases they will settle but it is possible it will require root filling.
In order for your fillings to last and protect the tooth, you need to maintain good oral hygiene,twice daily bushing/flossing and have a good balanced diet and avoid prolonged sugary food and drinks. Visit the dentist every 6 months.