Composite Fillings

At Detail Dental we use a composite, tooth-colored filling to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks or fractures etc. Fillings are generally recommended for smaller cavities in the front of the mouth, and in cases where there will be no greater than 30% loss of tooth structure.

Why might you need a composite filling?

  • Chipped tooth/teeth
  • To closing space between two teeth
  • Tooth Decay/Cavity
Proper hyginene is vital to overall systemic health. Learn more about the proper techniques for brushing and flossing to help prevent tooth decay.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  At Detail Dental we will work with you to select the best option for your unique restoration. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, we carefully select the material to most closely match the color of your teeth, for a more pleasing aesthetic.

As with most dental restorations, it is important to know that composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. We may even recommend replacement for patients who have had their existing fillings for some time. For teeth with larger amounts of decay and missing tooth structure, our doctors recommend more permanent restorations, such as inlays, onlays, and crowns.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are placed in a single appointment. Dr. Chisler or Dr. Spandau will numb your tooth to prepare it for the new filling. The procedure can include removal of any decay as needed, a thorough cleaning and special medication if the decay was near the nerve of the tooth for added protection.  The doctor will then place the composite filling – shaping and polishing it to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.

Sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed id normal, however this should subside once your tooth acclimates to the new filling. To help guide you further, you will be given care instructions at the end of your appointment.

At Detail Dental we would like to remind you that good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings. To learn more about how you can protect your teeth from cavities, please click the link below.