Composite FillingsPhoenix, AZ
We can treat an infected tooth by removing the infected tissue and replacing it with a filling to prevent the tooth from further infection. Composite fillings are also tooth-colored to help blend in with the surrounding teeth. This way, it is possible to repair damage to your teeth and prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that prevent the spread of infection and protect the structure of the tooth.
Composite fillings are available at Camelback Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Phoenix and the surrounding area. With composite fillings, we can provide the restoration and protection a tooth needs to continuing functioning without causing pain. As a pediatric dentist and orthodontist, we can help to ensure patients continue to grow and live with healthy teeth.
Call us at 602-362-7072 to schedule an appointment and learn if composite fillings can help you.
Signs You Need a Composite Filling
When a tooth has an infection, the patient will begin to experience varying degrees of pain that only gets worse over time. The sooner patients seek treatment, the better chance they have of saving the tooth. The dental pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth and can cause incredible pain when infected, inflamed, or damaged. A general filling will prevent the cavity from causing further pain.
After removing the infection and treating the pain, a filling can help to protect the remainder of the tooth by filling in the empty space. Signs that you may benefit from a composite filling include:
- Pain or soreness in a tooth
- A chipped or damaged tooth
- An infected tooth
- A tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold beverages
- A damaged filling that needs replacement or falls out
The Composite Filling Process
The American Dental Association states that composite fillings, “provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing.” After we determine that composite filling is the most effective option for the patient, we will prepare the mouth.
Once the infected portion of the tooth is removed, we will replace it with the composite filling material and help it harden. A benefit of composite fillings is that they help restore the appearance of a smile, as well. The length of time to place the filling can vary per patient. During a consultation, we can review the procedure, addressing any questions or concerns the patient has.
Proper Care Techniques
In general, the filling does not require excessive care. The patient may experience some sensitivity and soreness immediately following the appointment. Patients should be careful when eating, being sure to avoid eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods for at least two weeks following the appointment. If the patient experiences sensitivity with the tooth, then they can avoid consuming hot or cold beverages.
After the first two weeks or so, the patient will be able to adjust to their normal routine and take care of the filling in the same way they take care of their other teeth. We will go over the proper care techniques during the appointment with patients.
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Call us to learn more about composite fillings and see if they are the most effective solution for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a composite filling help restore a chipped tooth?
Yes. Composite fillings can restore a chipped tooth. WebMD states that composite fillings can restore chipped, broken, or worn teeth. During an appointment, we will determine if composite fillings are the most effective option for the patient and continue with the treatment process. Since there are other treatment options to restore damaged teeth, we can help the patient decide.
Do I have to take any extra steps to care for my filling?
In most cases, no. Since fillings will usually fill in the empty space of a tooth, they will not jut out past the tooth surface. Therefore, the patient can continue to brush and floss their teeth as normal. However, they should be careful when brushing on or around the filling, using gentle brush strokes.
Is there anything I need to do after receiving a composite filling?
It is important to avoid eating any chewy or sticky foods for at least two weeks after receiving a dental filling. Avoiding too hot or cold drinks can help patients who are experiencing sensitivity in or around the tooth. While there is some minor discomfort, it will typically dissipate a few days after the procedure.
What should I do if I damage or knock my filling loose?
If you damage a filling or it falls out, call us immediately. It is crucial to seek immediate treatment and avoid harming the tooth. Attempt to find the filling and bring it with you when visiting us. If the filling is damaged, we can attempt to repair it. If the only option is to replace it, then we will help to do so.
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