What are composite fillings?
Fillings are the most popular method of restoring teeth. There are many types of materials that can be used for fillings such as composite and amalgam. Composites fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of teeth and look natural. Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they may also be used for broken teeth, discolored teeth, and teeth that have been worn down.
How are fillings placed?
Fillings are very common and can be done in one visit to the dentist. Once anesthesia is given, the dentist will begin removing decay from the tooth using a dental drill and clean out the decayed area. When all the decay is removed, the dentist will place the filling material. Once the filling has been placed, the bite will be adjusted and the tooth will be polished so it can look as natural as possible.
After first receiving a filling, many patients become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods. When the tooth adjusts to having the filling, the sensitivity will subside.