New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry provides tooth-colored (composite) dental fillings to repair damage to your teeth caused by decay, cracks, and fractures. These fillings blend in with your tooth enamel to give you a more natural smile and a long-lasting solution to your oral health needs. Please call us at 603-672-6546 to make your appointment with our dentists and learn more about tooth-colored dental fillings in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Composite and silver amalgam are the most widely used filling materials. Composite fillings do not require as much tooth structure removal to place the restoration, and unlike metal fillings, composite fillings can be closely matched to the shade of existing teeth. This makes your fillings almost invisible so that your natural smile is all people notice. Although some composite fillings may cost slightly more than metal fillings, most patients find the benefits are worth the extra few dollars.
Your filling will be done in one visit, although composite fillings may take a few minutes longer than other filling materials. You will receive local anesthesia to keep you completely comfortable during the treatment. Your dentist will remove the decayed areas from your tooth and then the area must be kept completely dry or “isolated.” After an adhesive is carefully applied to the inside of the open cavity, several thin layers of composite are applied and cured with a special light. You may notice some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for the first few days or a week, but this is not unusual. If sensitivity lasts longer please give us a call.
With proper care, composite fillings will last a long time. Like most dental restorations, though, they are not permanent and will someday require replacement. Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular dental exams with professional cleanings are recommended to extend the life of your fillings.
For more information about composite dental fillings and to set up your appointment with our dentists, please contact our office today.