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Amalgam-free Composite Fillings

A tooth-colored filling is called a composite restoration. A composite restoration is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with a composite restoration.

There are many types of restorative materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Dr. Ormsby will discuss with you  the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite restorations are widely used today.  Because composite restorations are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth.  Also, composite restorations have excellent bonding properties. This allows the restoration to actually bond to the enamel  thereby creating a much stronger tooth. 

As with most dental restorations, composite restorations 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 restorations:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.
How are composite restorations placed?
 
Composite restorations are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, Dr. Ormsby  will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new restoration is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite restoration will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite restorations are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth adjusts to the new restoration.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will help extend life of your new restoration.

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