In the past, teeth were most commonly repaired with either amalgam or gold restorations. However, the dental materials and techniques have improved over the years and teeth can now be restored with a more aesthetic/natural appearance.
The simplest form of ‘white filling’ is also known as a composite. It is made up of a composite quartz resin and it usually contains some sort of light sensitive agent. These light cured composites are extremely cosmetic and it can be bonded into place in one appointment. For this reason, they are often referred as ‘bonding’. The bonding can be used in both the front and the back of your teeth. These materials come in a variety of shades so that it will match the color of your own teeth.
In order to bond a filling to your tooth, it is first necessary to remove the decay, prepare the tooth and condition the enamel and dentin. Once your tooth is conditioned, a thin resin is applied which bonds to the etched surface. This bonding step will increase the strength of these restorations.
After placement, composites are hardened by shining an intense light for about 40 seconds. Since the light is so intense, it is important that we wear an orange eye shield. Also, while getting your treatment done, we recommend that you do not stare into the light directly.
Because these fillings are instantly harden by the light, your teeth may experience sensitivity to hot and cold, pressure, and sweets because anesthetic is wearing off. So, you need to make sure you stay away from those for a while. Also, you have to keep in mind that the sensitivity could last between few days to a week. If it continues to bother you for a longer period of time, we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible.