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Composite fillings are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. A composite filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. An advantage of composite fillings, as with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesive.
The procedure for a composite filling may take a little longer than those for other types of fillings because after the decay is removed, the tooth must be kept totally isolated from saliva. The dentist carefully applies an adhesive followed by several thin layers of the tooth-colored composite. Once the filling is in place, it is chemically hardened, or cured, for less than a minute with a special light. Some people may experience some sensitivity to hold or cold temperatures in the newly filled tooth for a few days or as long as a week. If the sensitivity continues beyond that time, contact us