What is a Composite Resin(White Filling)?
A composite filling is a realistic tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture, that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Since composites are made to look natural like your teeth, most people can't tell where the composite is and won't be able to see the difference.
How is a composite placed?
Following preparation, the dentist will place the composite in layers, usually using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear on the tooth.
Are Composite Resins permanent?
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and might someday have to be replaced. Composite fillings are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
What to Expect After Getting a Filling
The numbness caused by the local anesthesia for the procedure should wear off within a couple of hours. Until then, you should avoid drinking hot or cold liquids, and to not eat on the side of your mouth with the new filling. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal in the first couple of weeks after getting a tooth filled. If it continues to persist or bother you beyond that, or you have any pain when biting, it could signal that an adjustment needs to be made to your filling. Continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal every day, and visit your dental office at least twice per year for your regular checkups and cleanings. Don't forget, tooth decay is a very preventable disease; and with professional care and good oral hygiene, you can make your most recent cavity your last!
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