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Dr. John Sutherland
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Composite Filling (Overview)

Composite filling refers to tooth colored filling materials, they are bonded to your teeth. They are made of resin ( plastic ).


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Can someone get their composite filling lowered?

Can someone get their composite filling lowered?

Yes, if needed: If for some reason ones composite filling is to high after being placed, it is easy for a dentist or in some states a licensed auxiliary to "lower" that composite filling. Than it can be repolished. ...Read more

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Dr. John Sutherland
179 doctors shared insights

Composite Filling (Overview)

Composite filling refers to tooth colored filling materials, they are bonded to your teeth. They are made of resin ( plastic ).


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How long does a temporary composite filling last?

How long does a temporary composite filling last?

Years?: I am not sure why a composite filling would be used as a "temporary filling", unless you cannot afford a more permanent restoration at this time. Composite fillings are generally used as permanent fillings and can last for years. Some of mine are still in place and functioning after 10 years or more. However, they have no specific lifespan, especially under less than ideal conditions. ...Read more

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What foods are safe to eat after a composite filling?

Follow instructions : by your dentist and common sense. As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the resin material can break under extreme forces. Also, the color of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods or drinks (e.g. red wine). ...Read more

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How long before a composite filling becomes discolored?

How long before a composite filling becomes discolored?

Not at all: When done under the right conditions and indications, and using the newer composite fillings, the composite should not really discolor. What really happens in these cases is that if the fillings is not well adapted or you have a poor hygiene, the tooth itself where it meets the composite, the tooth will decay and leakage under the composite will occur and it look disclored. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: composite filling?

What is the definition or description of: composite filling?

Resin fillings: Composite filling refers to tooth colored filling materials, they are bonded to your teeth. They are made of resin ( plastic ). ...Read more

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Differences between porcelain filling and composite filling?

Durability&size: Often composite fillings are placed in small cavities, but the larger the size, the less durable and then the porcelain would be a much better restoration for larger fillings. ...Read more

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What are conditions to have for getting white composite filling?

What are conditions to have for getting white composite filling?

Cavities: If you have a cavity, especially in a front tooth, you will probably have a while composite filling. ...Read more

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I had a composite filling redone but it still hurts. What should I do?

I had a composite filling redone but it still hurts. What should I do?

See your dentist: One of the most common reasons for discomfort following the placement of a new filling is the height of the filling. Often all it takes is a small adjustment to make the discomfort go away. Other reasons may be nerve irritation due to overexposure to the acid etchant used in the procedure, deep cavity, gaps in the filling, or just transient sensitivity which will go away in time. ...Read more

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Is there a way to smooth off the roughness of a composite filling myself?

Not a good idea.: Depending on where it is it may be possible, but you are far more likely to damage something than make it better. If it's a new filling the dentist should not charge you to come back in. If it's an old filling you need to get it examined to see why it's changing. ...Read more

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There is a black line alongthe edge of my composite filling. Is this indicative of a problem, or is there a chance it could be benign?

Stain or decay: See a dentist and have the filling checked. There could be some stain that may be polished out, or it could be decay and replacement would be needed. The only way to tell is with a dental exam. ...Read more

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Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more