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Composite fillings are applied on tooth areas damaged by decay. Before, patients were limited to the unsightly metal fillings. But these days, tooth-colored options are also available for a more natural-looking result.
Composite fillings can be applied in one dental visit. Before placing the filling, the dentist thoroughly cleans decay from your tooth. After which, a bonding material or glue is applied on the site. The composite filling is then applied on thin layers and then hardened using a special light.
Once the last layer of filling is applied and has hardened, your dentist polishes the filling to give it a natural look. Getting composite filling may not be advisable in areas used for heavy biting though. This material is more vulnerable to breakage compared to other fillings. Your Carstairs dentist would be able to recommend the right filling for your needs.
Bonded fillings can as well be placed in a single dental appointment. Your dentist will remove decay left from your teeth and then create tiny holes on the surface of your tooth enamel using an acid gel. These holes are then filled as the filling is placed on your tooth.
Special medication is also used if the tooth decay is located near the nerve of a tooth. Once the bonded filling is applied, your dentist shapes and polishes it to form a natural shape. Bonded fillings help prevent decay from developing under the filling. This treatment may cause heightened tooth sensitivity but should subside in two weeks.
If you still experience sensitive and painful teeth, make sure to consult your dentist. They may be able to make changes to the treatment to alleviate your discomfort. Note that dental fillings will need replacement eventually. They will not last forever so the best way to care for your teeth is still prevention.