As one of the more common techniques for fillings used, composite fillings can help recover the look and strength of your natural teeth. If damage or decay has occurred, composite fillings can match both the color of your natural teeth as well as the shape. A composite of glass and plastic resin, these types of fillings are resistant to corrosion. And because they are the best at matching the color of your natural teeth they can offer a more attractive smile.
There are several reasons why fillings may become necessary. Your teeth may have become damaged or chipped due to an accident or perhaps they have been worn down due to age or grinding. You may have spaces between your teeth or you may simply need to replace older fillings. Fillings can also be placed to restore damage done by tooth decay.
What to expect during and after the procedure
Composite fillings can usually be fitted in one visit to our West Palm Beach office and will typically only take about an hour. Dr. Moorhouse will begin by numbing the tooth and the surrounding region. Any decay or debris will be removed and the area will then be thoroughly cleaned. The new filling will be bonded into place and, once it is secure, Dr. Moorhouse will shape it, smooth it, and polish it until it resembles your natural appearance.
For a short time after you receive your new restoration, your teeth and surrounding area may be tender. Especially hot or cold foods or beverages may cause some sensitivity. In addition, it may take a few hours for the anesthesia to completely subside, so take caution. Your new composite fillings can last up to 10 years depending on the extent of the damage and size of the filling needed. More extensive damage typically requires larger fillings which can decrease the lifespan of the restoration.
Caring for your composite fillings
Practicing good oral hygiene and eating habits can help get the best life out of your new composite fillings. While the fillings are resistant to corrosion, they can still be stained by drinks like coffee, tea, and wine, so regular cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth and composite fillings healthy and long lasting. Our West Palm Beach office can go over proper cleaning techniques if you have any questions.
The cost of composite fillings
While silver or amalgam fillings are typically less expensive than composite, composite fillings are unmatched in their cosmetic appearance. Talk with our office to determine which method is best suited to your needs.