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Dr. Benjamin Woo & Associates

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Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

If you have cracked teeth or suffer from cavities, your dentist will likely suggest a filling. A filling repairs broken, cracked, worn down, or decaying teeth.

Composite fillings, a tooth-coloured material, are just one of the number of materials used for this procedure. They are resin-based and are a cheaper alternative to gold and porcelain fillings.

Steps taken when filling a tooth

  1. Once the dentist has assessed that you need a filling, they will numb the area with local anesthesia.
  2. Your dentist will then use a drill or laser to remove any decayed area. Your dentist will also test the site to make sure the decayed part of the tooth is gone.
  3. Next, the dentist will prepare the tooth that needs filling by cleaning it. Depending on the severity of the decay, the dentist might also add a liner to protect the nerve.
  4. For composite fillings, the dentist will need to apply them in layers. After each layer, your dentist will use a light to help them harden faster.
  5. Once all the layers are filled and hardened, the dentist will trim, shape, and polish the filling.

Aftercare and maintenance

After your procedure, stay away from food that’s too acidic or sugary. These can cause the filling to wear down a lot faster. Avoid biting down on food that’s too hard, like candy. Chewing on ice isn’t advisable either, as this could cause the filling to fall out. If this does happen, make sure to visit your dentist in Newmarket as soon as you can.

Although composite fillings aren’t permanent, they do last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. Depending on oral health, they may even last longer. When brushing and flossing, make sure to be careful of that area. Don’t be too aggressive with your brushing and flossing. If you’re someone who grinds their teeth, you may benefit from using a nightguard. 

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