A composite filling is a tooth-colored dental restoration product made from a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered particles that are like glass. It has been demonstrated to be a strong and esthetic material with good durability, and can be placed during one visit. The dentist does not need to remove the healthy parts of the tooth to put in a composite resin filling, and it does not need to be changed or repaired often.
Composite fillings have many benefits. They can be used both front and back teeth restorations to fill cavities and they are perfectly matched to your natural tooth shape and color, so the final result will be invisible, the treated tooth will blend in with your other teeth.
Composite fillings can be done during one visit. Before the procedure, your dentist will give you some local anesthetics to make the tooth and the area numb so you won’t feel any discomfort. Then the cavity will be cleaned and the decay will be removed, usually using a drill or other handheld device. After this preparation phase, your dentist will etch the tooth with a bonding agent so the filling will hold better, then the composite material is placed into the cavity and cured with a blue light until it hardens – this usually takes 20-30 seconds. As the final step, your new composite filling will be adjusted to your bite if needed and polished in order remove any residue from the bonding material and to give your tooth a natural shine so it perfectly blends in with your other teeth.
Getting composite fillings done is a painless procedure and offers an esthetically pleasing solution to restore decayed teeth. With proper care and oral hygiene, they can keep your teeth in good health for a long time.