Composite fillings are a popular choice for restoring teeth with cavities. They are tooth-colored, durable, and relatively affordable.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
Composite fillings have several advantages over amalgam fillings:
- Tooth-colored: Composite fillings match your teeth, making them virtually invisible.
- Durable: Composite fillings are strong and last for many years.
- Conservative: Composite fillings require less drilling, preserving your natural tooth structure.
- Versatile: Composite fillings can fill cavities anywhere in your mouth.
What to expect during and after your composite filling procedure
Your dentist will typically complete the composite filling procedure in one visit. First, they will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, they will remove the decayed tooth material and prepare the tooth for the filling.
The dentist applies the composite filling material to the tooth in layers and then cures it with a special light. This process bonds the filling to the tooth and creates a strong, durable seal.
After your filling is placed, it is important to avoid eating or drinking until the anesthesia has worn off. You may also experience some sensitivity to pressure, heat, cold, sweet foods, and air for several days or weeks after the procedure. This is normal and should subside over time.
How long do composite fillings last?
Composite fillings typically last for 5 to 10 years. However, the lifespan of a composite filling can vary depending on the size and location of the cavity, as well as your oral hygiene habits.
How to care for your composite fillings
To care for your composite fillings, it is important to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing hard or sticky foods on the side of your mouth with the new filling.
Common asked questions:
Q: Are composite fillings safe?
A: Yes, composite fillings are safe and effective. They have been used for many years and have a good safety track record.
Q: Are composite fillings more expensive than other types of fillings?
A: The cost of composite fillings can vary depending on the size and location of the filling, as well as your dentist’s fees. However, composite fillings are typically more expensive than amalgam fillings.
Q: Can I get a composite filling if I have allergies?
A: Yes, you may be able to get a composite filling if you have allergies. There are a variety of composite filling materials available, so your dentist can help you choose a material that is safe for you.
Additional questions you may have:
How long does the composite filling procedure take? A composite filling procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes per filling.
Will the anesthetic hurt? The dentist will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area before injecting the local anesthetic, minimizing discomfort.
What should I do if I experience sensitivity after my procedure? Try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or a cold compress to the outside of your cheek. If the sensitivity is severe or does not subside after a few days, contact your dentist.
Composite fillings are a safe, effective, and durable way to restore teeth with cavities. If you are considering getting a filling, be sure to talk to your dentist about composite fillings. They can help you determine if composite fillings are the right choice for you.
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