There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your child's dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your child's teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restoration, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite filings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your child's dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before they new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your child's tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your child's tooth acclimated to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of you child's treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your child's new fillings.