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Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite tooth-colored fillings are 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.

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.

What are Dental Crowns, and How Do They Work?

The structure can become vulnerable to injury when a tooth is weakened due to damage or extensive dental treatments. Dental crowns, onlays, and inlays can add strength to the structure, preventing it from breaking or crumbling under pressure.Dental crowns are custom-made to fit over and shelter the existing tooth. The crown is bonded to the tooth, providing added support. Sometimes, we can use a dental crown to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth. We use dental crowns to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury.

Reasons for tooth-colored fillings:

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    Chipped teeth
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    Closing space between two teeth
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    Cracked or broken teeth
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    Decayed teeth
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    Worn teeth

Tooth-colored 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.

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