Composite Fillings

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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I candidate for composite fillings?

You may be a candidate for composite fillings if you have a cavity or a tooth that is broken or chipped. Additionally you may be a candidate for composite fillings if you wish to replace an existing amalgam filling or if you have an existing filling that has begun to deteriorate. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for composite fillings, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today!

What should I expect when getting a composite filling from Glen Park Family Dentistry?

Prior to having a composite filling placed, you can expect to be properly anesthetized to maintain your comfort during the procedure. Once the affected area is numb, our dentists will begin by removing the decayed tissue and shaping the remaining tooth structure. Because composite fillings will chemically bond to your tooth, much of its natural structure will be preserved. After the decayed tissue has been removed, the composite resin will be applied in layers and hardened using a special curing light. Finally, the filling will be shaped and polished so that it blends in with the rest of your tooth.

Is there any type of post-treatment care required after getting a composite filling?

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.

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