Composite Fillings in North Miami Beach, FL
A composite (tooth colored) filling 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 filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your 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 the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, 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 fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the 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 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 tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will a filling last?
A composite filling can last from 10 to 12 years before requiring a replacement. To ensure your fillings last, it’s important to follow a diligent oral care routine, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash daily.
Scheduling regular checkups at our North Miami Beach office allows our team to make sure your fillings are cleaned and well taken care of, too.
Does getting composite fillings hurt?
The fillings process is minimally invasive and completely painless. We’ll administer a local anesthetic to the affected area before the procedure to ensure you don’t feel anything. You may feel slight discomfort for a short period after the procedure, but nothing that can’t be treated comfortably with over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or a cold compress.
Can I replace my metal fillings with composite ones?
Yes! We understand that silver, or amalgam, fillings were at one point extremely popular in dentistry. However, while they’re strong, many patients prefer the mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings we offer today. Generally, it’s completely safe and simple to replace the metal filling with a composite alternative.
Can I whiten my composite fillings?
Unfortunately, composite fillings cannot be whitened. They’re made of a stain-resistant material to prevent yellowing or discoloration, but this also means they can’t be brightened either.
We recommend our quick, in-office teeth-whitening treatment before receiving a filling if you’d like us to color-match the resin to your bright smile.