We don’t often consider the appearance of our back teeth, however, they are equally as important as those in the front. Back teeth are especially noticeable when we talk and laugh, exposing dark, unsightly spots that can distract from an otherwise perfect smile. Since traditional, silver fillings have been shown to weaken teeth over time, our office uses composite fillings, which are made of bonded resin and specially designed to match the color of natural teeth. Composite fillings are bonded directly to the teeth, so they actually work to restore teeth to their original, maximal strength. Since composites support tooth structure, they also aid in preventing breakage. This extra coverage also insulates the tooth, preventing sensitivity to extremely hot or cold temperatures. Additionally, they can be used to improve the overall appearance of your smile simply, by covering small decayed areas, or replacing current, outdated fillings.
Like most dental procedures, it is important to be mindful of the aftercare of composite fillings. After the procedure, patients may experience slight sensitivity. It is also important to note that the shade of the filling may change slightly with different, staining foods or beverages. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, composite fillings should last years and continue to look great.