A tooth coloured restoration (filling) is the composite resin used to repair a damaged tooth. If, for example, your dentist needs to treat your cavity, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and the area from which that material was taken will have this restorative resin placed in it instead.
Tooth coloured restorations are also used to help repair cracked, broken or worn down teeth. This can be caused by trauma, nail biting, or tooth grinding, as but a few examples.
There are multiple reasons for using a tooth-coloured composite:
• Aesthetic – Due to the fact that the composite restoration can be closely matched to the colour and shade of your natural teeth, it is well suited for use in areas or on teeth that are visible.
• Bonding – Composite restorations bond to the tooth structure chemically, which provides a strong support to the tooth.
• Versatility – Tooth coloured restorations are able to be used for a variety of treatments, including but not limited to decaying teeth, chipped teeth, broken teeth or worn down teeth.
• Preparation –In cases where tooth structure needs to be removed, such as when there is decay, tooth coloured restorations allow for the minimal amount of the tooth to have to be removed.
How I care for my teeth and restorations?
The best way to care for your restoration is through good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing at least once a day and regular visits to your dentist for a professional hygiene and exam appointment.
If however, you experience extreme sensitivity, detect a sharp edge, find a gap or notice a crack in the restoration, contact Surana Dental Clinic for an appointment.