Composite fillings can help you recover the appearance and strength of your natural teeth and is one of the most common filling techniques used. Composite fillings are used if damage or decay has weakened one or more of your teeth. The natural color of your teeth can be matched and it can be shaped so that it is indistinguishable from your natural enamel. This type of filling is a durable composite of glass and plastic resin and is resistant to corrosion. Other types of materials can be used depending on your specific needs and wishes.
Composite fillings may become necessary if your teeth have become damaged or chipped due to trauma or worn down due to age or grinding. You may have spaces or gaps or preexisting fillings have become damaged or unsightly. Damage done by tooth decay or disease could require the intervention of composite fillings as well.
What to expect during and after the procedure
Composite fillings can usually be affixed in one appointment to our West Palm Beach office. Dr. Moorhouse will numb the tooth and the surrounding region and clear away any decay or debris before providing a careful cleaning. The new filling will be bonded into place and shaped so it matches your natural appearance.
Some tenderness is common for a short time after you receive your new restoration. Your new composite fillings can last up to 10 years, or longer, depending on the extent of the damage and size of the filling needed. More extensive damage may require larger fillings which can shorten the lifespan of the restoration.
Keeping up good oral hygiene and eating habits as well as maintaining regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Moorhouse can help get the best life out of your new composite fillings. And keep in mind that, while the fillings are resistant to corrosion, they can still be stained by prolonged use of things like coffee, wine, or tobacco use.