A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. It can also be used for cosmetic dentistry. If we used a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area we treated, the numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. To prevent damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
Things to expect after treatment:
Notify our office if any of the following occurs:
The model filling is no more than 50% of the tooth. This leaves half of your tooth to support the filling. Occasionally, we place a filling as a conservative measure, anticipating there is enough natural structure to hold the filling, when in reality it turns out there is not. The tooth then starts to break away because it can no longer support the filling. In this case, we will credit the cost of the filling towards the cost of a new porcelain restoration (CEREC crown). For a period of three years from the date of service, our warranty also covers the replacement of the filling if it fails, at no additional cost. Please be aware that this warranty is null and void if you do not maintain your 6 month- preventive cleaning appointments.