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A composite (tooth colored) restoration is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
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Composite restorations are the most widely used today and because they are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. Composite restorations are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth and more visible areas of the mouth. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite restorations:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.


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Composites are placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new composite is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite restoration will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite restorations are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new restoration.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new restorations.

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