Hudepohl Family Dentistry

Composite Fillings

A composite (white or tooth-colored) filling is used to fill in cavities, fix cracks, reinforce teeth, and for bonding on front teeth to improve aesthetics. 

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  We can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. 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.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

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 placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, we will remove all the decay in the tooth. The tooth will then be shaped and prepared specifically for the type of filling material being used. The tooth is then "etched" with material to make the new filling bond better. We then use a bonding material that flows into the thousands of little holes in your teeth and "grabs" onto the tooth. The composite filling material is then applied and attaches to this bonding material, and hardened with an LED light. The filling can then be shaped and polished to look like a natural tooth!

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.