Composite fillings are quite popular dental procedures which are painless and requires less time which is why it is completed in single visit. The dentist will give local anesthetic for numbing the tooth and surrounding site. The dentist will then drill the area for getting rid of the decay. If the decay is near the pulp of your tooth, special medication will be used.
The dentists will then fill the material in the place, polish it followed by filling for getting the desired tooth shape. For hardening the material, a special light will be put. Little sensitivity to heat and cold is normal after the procedure but it will alleviate soon.
The composite fillings can last for a long time but no one can determine exactly how long will they last.
Oral care after procedure
The filling can last for long if you maintain proper oral care routine by brushing and flossing the teeth twice daily. It is also important to schedule visits with dentist for dental cleaning and examination once in 5-6 months.
Dentist’s expertise in filling
Another contributing factor to the longevity of your filling is the expertise of your dentist who did the procedure. A proper filling should be such that no one can differentiate between your natural tooth and treated tooth.
Pressure on tooth
Putting too much pressure on tooth can break or fracture it. The amount of pressure your tooth with filling can take when you chew or bite depends on the amount of filling material, where on tooth the filling is placed, how often the tooth is used, the filling material placed in tooth in comparison to the tooth, etc. One thing is for sure, the higher the pressure, higher the chances of breakage or fracture