A filling may also be needed to replace or repair an old worn down
existing filling or to fix a chipped tooth.
In addition to potential pain and discomfort and possible tooth
loss, if you wait to have your cavity filled it may end up requiring
a more difficult process, such as a root canal, to save your tooth.
And it could also cost you a lot more money to fix. The bottom line
is you should get your cavity filled as soon as you can.
(Tooth Color Fillings)
Composite is the filling material of choice when it comes to
matching your tooth color. Composite fillings consist of plastic and
glass particles. They have become the most popular filling materials
because they can match your existing tooth color and they also
solidly bond or glue to the tooth.
After the decay in your tooth has been cleaned a cleansing gel is
applied. Next a bonding solution is applied, finally followed by the
composite filling material. Composite is hardened by applying a high
intensity blue light. It only takes a few seconds for the materials
Once the tooth is filled and the composite has hardened, the filling
is checked to insure the proper shape and look. At this point any
necessary adjustments are made and then your filling is complete.
New Composite Filling Expectations
Following the filling procedure it is very common to experience some
discomfort, normally at the site of the anesthetic or at the tooth
itself. To alleviate the discomfort you can follow your dentist
recommendation on taking an over the counter pain medication such as
Advil that contains ibuprofen. If your symptoms persist then you
should visit your dentist.
In some cases the decay could be quite deep and close to the nerve
of the tooth. In these instances the nerve could already be infected
with bacteria. Even though a filling has been placed, there is still
a good chance that the tooth may need to go under root canal therapy
to relieve the discomfort.
Also, composite fillings may change color over time and can
sometimes chip away from the tooth.