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Composite Fillings

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Dr. Atkins uses a composite (tooth colored) filling material to restore a tooth that shows cracks, decay, fractures, etc. upon examination. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are several types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Atkins can talk to you about the best options for restoring your teeth. Because the composite filling material can be matched to the color of existing teeth, composite fillings are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth, but can be effectively used in any tooth, front or back.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings can become worn over time, and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last several years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Why might you choose a composite filling?

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.
  • Anterior teeth (near the front, where they show)
How are composite fillings placed?
 

Composite fillings can usually be placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Atkins 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, color, and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will go away shortly after your tooth gets used to the new filling.

Dr. Atkins and his staff will five you care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices (brushing and flossing), healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new fillings. 

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