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Fillings

Composite Tooth-colored fillings. “White Tooth Fillings”

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Composite fillings – also known as tooth-coloured fillings or bonded fillings – are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than metal amalgam fillings which are more easily seen as they appear dark or even black.

Composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that bond to the teeth. They can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth as well as help repair chipped or broken teeth. Most dentists use composite restorations routinely with amalgam fillings used only in rare situations.

Did you know…

Composite fillings allow our dentists to preserve more of the natural tooth structure? This is because composite materials bond to the surface of the tooth like an adhesive. The process takes longer to complete than traditional amalgam fillings but more tooth is preserved while enjoying a restoration that is more natural in appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of post-treatment care is required after having a composite filling?

You should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment. In the event that sensitivity persists beyond a few weeks without improvement please don’t hesitate to call us.

The top surfaces of your teeth, where the chewing takes place, aren’t smooth and flat.

They are criss-crossed with tiny hills and valleys called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up and can be so deep and narrow that even a single bristle from your toothbrush can’t get deep enough to clean them out.

One method of preventing cavities from developing in pits and fissures is to clean them out and seal them off with a special strong resin to help protect the tooth from decay. Usually no local anaesthetic is required. Fissure sealants or preventive restorations are most commonly done on newly erupted molars of children which will give these teeth the best chance of longevity.