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Restorations – Composite Resin Fillings

A composite resin (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 for tooth fillings in Bangor Maine, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your Creative Dental Solutions 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.

Composite resin fillings are used in both front and back teeth. Because these resins are so versatile, wear resistant, and esthetically similar to your natural teeth, at CDS in Bangor we no longer use silver/mercury/amalgam filling materials. These resin materials form a strong bond to the tooth, adding strength back to the damaged tooth. Although very versatile and able to be used in many situations, they do have their limitations. Depending on the amount of tooth structure needing to be replaced, you may be better served with a CEREC inlay, onlay, or crown.

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, Dr. Sevey 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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