Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist Discusses Benefits of Composite Fillings

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Jun 13, 2012

Modern composite fillings that are tooth colored are used to repair teeth affected by decay, cracks or fractures. The portion of the tooth that is decayed or affected is removed and then filled with a composite filling.

Many different types of filling materials are available. Each composite has advantages and disadvantages. Your St. Paul Family Dentist will help determine which option works best for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used today because they are tooth colored are better suited for use in front or the visible areas of the teeth. Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  However, they are very durable and will provide you with a beautiful long-lasting smile for many years.

Composite fillings are suggested for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing the space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are easily placed, usually taking only one appointment. After your Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist numbs the tooth, he will remove any decay as necessary.  The space is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared before placement of the new filling. If decay is found near the nerve of the tooth, your dentist will apply a special medication for added protection.  Once the space is completely prepared, the composite filling will be placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is not unusual to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold when immediately after your composite filling is placed, however this subsides shortly after your tooth becomes acclimated to the new filling.

Before you leave our office you will receive care instructions for the newly-filled tooth. Following good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and scheduling regular dental visits will ensure a strong, healthy dental restoration.