There are a variety of options to fill holes in the teeth, and composite is one of them. Apart from filling holes, composite can be used to build-up broken teeth.
Composite has been favoured because it is tooth-colored and therefore, appealing to the eyes. In the past, there used to be concerns about the strength of composite for use in posterior teeth since we use those teeth more for chewing. However, there are newer formulations of reinforced composites. Truly, we can have the best of both worlds with composite; aesthetics and strength.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Explain the procedure to you
- Administer local anaesthesia
- Isolate the tooth to be filled from saliva in the mouth
- Prepare the tooth.
- Select a shade of composite close to your natural tooth colour.
- Place the composite filling
- Give you post-procedure instructions
- Inform your dentist of any concern you may have. Ask all your questions
- Book your next appointment before you leave the clinic
Composite bonding won’t last as long as other front teeth repairs like crowns and veneers, but you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years successfully.