Preparing the tooth – During this step, we will clean the tooth and remove any dental decay or portions of the tooth's structure that has been compromised. We will administer local anesthetic or conscious oral sedation for your comfort and place an isolation device to support your jaw and vacuum water and debris. The dentist will use a small drill to remove the affected tissue so that the tooth is ready for the fillings. Afterward, we will apply a gel to improve adhesion between the composite and your tooth.
Composite fillings placement – Once the tooth has been prepared, we will choose the right shade of filling material, slowly pipe it into place, and shape it to fit the contours of the tooth. Finally, we will cure it with a UV light to harden it. At this point, the composite resin will acquire its full strengthen.
Checking your bite and polishing the tooth – During this step, we will make sure everything is well. We will check your bite and polish any leftover materials.
You might experience tooth sensitivity after the placement of a composite filling. Your tooth may be sensitive to temperature, pressure, sweet foods, or air. Usually, it takes a few days or even weeks for the sensitivity to resolve on its own. Please avoid the things that are causing sensitivity during this time.
Contact us if your sensitivity doesn’t subside within two to four weeks after the procedure took place or if you are experiencing extreme sensitivity.
Tips to take care of composite fillings
Practice good oral hygiene daily
Yes, part of your tooth might be resin, but there is still healthy tooth structure that needs to be taken care of; otherwise it could develop a new cavity along the edges. This might be less of an issue in amalgam fills because if bacteria start to infect along its side, the silver tarnishes and seals out the bacteria.
To protect your teeth and the composite filling, you need to clean your mouth thoroughly by regular brushing, rinsing, and flossing. Please ask us if you have any questions about how to keep your teeth in tip-top shape; we will be happy to share tips to improve your oral hygiene habits.
Stay away from habits that can damage your teeth
Oral habits such as opening a package with your teeth, biting your nails or a pen, chewing ice, and clenching your jaw can not only cause damage to the filling but to your other healthy teeth.
Get a mouth guard if you grind your teeth
Bruxism, or excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a common behaviour in the general population and can damage your composite fillings. Resin material is softer than the metal used in amalgam fillings and tends to wear down faster in those people who grind their teeth. If you grind your teeth (or suspect you do) when you sleep, mention it to us, as you might need to use a mouth guard when you sleep, not only to protect your composite fillings but your healthy teeth as well.
Visit us regularly for check-ups
Letting us check your teeth periodically allows us to detect any problems as soon as possible and we can deal with them in a timely fashion. It is crucial for good dental health.