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.
Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Although silver amalgam has been used in the past, our practice prefers to use composite because it bonds to the tooth, is stronger, and does not contain mercury. And, 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.
Reasons for composite fillings:
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.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings may someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable and should last many years.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI