Small holes form in the surface of the tooth, causing a cavity. If untreated, the cavity may lead to further damage. Fillings repair a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. Composite fillings are made from plastic or glass, which closely match the color of the patient’s natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Fillings
What happens during the procedure for composite fillings at Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center?
Our dentist administers local or topical anesthesia to the teeth, gums, and area around the affected tooth. Using a special handpiece the dentist removes the decay from the tooth. The hole is filled with composite material.
When can normal activities resume after the procedure for composite fillings?
The gums and teeth are typically numb after the procedure for composite fillings. Patients should be cautious when eating and drinking until the numbness wears off.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for composite fillings?
Our dentist will administer additional anesthesia to help the patient be as comfortable during the procedure as possible. Some patients may experience mild discomfort afterward, but should resolve within one day. Over-the-counter pain medications may help any lingering discomfort.