Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored, white, or plastic fillings, are dental restorations that fill in decayed areas of your teeth and will blend in with your natural teeth color. In some cases, composite fillings can also be used to restore chipped or broken teeth. Made from a mixture of ceramic and composite resin, composite fillings chemically bond to your teeth and allow for more of your natural tooth structure to be preserved.
Did You Know?The average lifespan for a composite filling is approximately five years. However, some composite fillings can last longer if well taken care of. To help your composite filling last as long as possible, be sure to avoid destructive behaviors such as ice chewing, nail biting, and using your teeth as an opener.
Because your composite filling will be hardened into place during the placement procedure, you will have no post-treatment care. After having a composite filling placed, you will be able to return to your usual activities and oral care routine. However, you may experience a brief period of tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days after the procedure. If your sensitivity lasts longer than a week, please call our office for further instruction.
To maintain your composite filling, you will simply need to maintain a good oral care routine. This should consist of brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting Glen Park Family Dentistry at least once every six months for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
For a full-range of high-quality dental care, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today! Glen Park Family Dentistry proudly serves Glen Burnie, MD and the surrounding communities.