Repair Broken Or Decayed Teeth With Composite Fillings In Anchorage, Alaska
A composite filling is a dental treatment designed to repair a decayed or broken tooth. This type of filling differs from an amalgam filling in that it looks completely natural. It is strong yet durable and can be sculpted so that it perfectly matches the color and texture of the rest of your teeth. It also defends your tooth against future decay.
If we spot tooth decay during your dental check-up, we may suggest treatment with a composite filling. We can detect tooth decay in a range of ways, including identifying discolored areas on your teeth, using cavity-detecting dye that sticks to decayed areas of your teeth, taking X-rays that help us to see decay that we cannot detect on the surface of your teeth, and using laser fluorescence cavity detection wands that measure changes caused by tooth decay.
When you visit us to obtain a composite filling, you may be administered with a local anesthetic. This will prevent you from feeling any pain and discomfort during the procedure. Once your mouth has been numbed, we will remove any decay using a drill or laser. Once we are confident that we have successfully removed all decay, we will prepare the space for the filling. This may include applying an acid gel before placing the filling. If we do not prepare the space in this way, there is a chance that the filling will fall out.
After we have positioned the filling, we will shine a blue light on it. This helps the composite resin from which the filling is made to harden into a strong material. Finally, we will use a bur to polish your tooth, ensuring that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Following receiving your composite filling, your tooth may feel more sensitive to changes in temperature and pressure. However, this sensitivity will usually subside within a week or two.
Once we have filled your tooth, we will examine it regularly at your dental check-ups. Your filling should last for around ten years, depending on the size of your filling. However, if we believe that your filling has cracked, started leaking or is suffering from decay, we may request that you agree to an X-ray.
Old fillings must be replaced sooner rather than later, particularly if they have cracked or are leaking. Stray particles of food and harmful bacteria can enter into a cracked or leaking filling and cause tooth decay. Decay that has developed under an old filling can become extensive. If you are worried about your old fillings, visit us for a check-up. This is particularly important if your tooth is feeling sensitive or if you have noticed that your filling has cracked.
Even if your composite fillings have not become worn down or broken over time, they may become stained and otherwise discolored. If your discolored fillings are making you feel self-conscious, you may wish for us to replace them, particularly if they are in a prominent place within your mouth.