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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 too 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

Dr. John Sutherland
180 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?

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?

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 awhile 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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What is a posterior composite filling?

Composite is: A resin based restorative material that is bonded to a tooth, commonly called tooth colored fillings versus amalgam which is silver. Can be anterior (front teeth canine to canine) or posterior (bicuspids / premolars and molars). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could cracks be bonded with composite filling?

Possibly: Almost all posterior teeth will get craze lines and shallow cracks over time. It's only when cracks deepen that they create problems. Treating cracks is dependent on the degree. For small cracks, yes. ...Read more

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Composite filling and retainer, what do you suggest?

Filling and retainer: Your composite filling won't affect the way your retainer is worn. At the same time your retainer won't affect the filling. Composite fillings are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. ...Read more

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Composite filling: how is the procedure done exactly?

Composite filling: how is the procedure done exactly?

Composite filling: 1. A drill or laser is used to remove the decayed part of the tooth. 2. The soft composite is placed to cover the cavity. 3. A white light is used to harden the composite. 4. The bill is sent to you or to your insurance. ...Read more

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What can I do for a toothache after composite filling?

What can I do for a toothache after composite filling?

Wait and see: Teeth are sensitive after fillings due to the size, depth and location on the tooth.
Also, the size of the pulp chamber.
Sensitivity to cold is most common. This usually abates in 2 wks.
If the tooth aches without any stimuli, then there is a greater chance the pulp may be irreversibly inflamed and a root canal may be necessary.
If the ache continues to worsen over time, a root canal is necessary. ...Read more

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Composite filling pain/uncomfortable. What can be done?

Composite filling pain/uncomfortable. What can be done?

Be patient: It is normal to experience sensitivity after you have recently had a filling up to 6-8 weeks. Do not worry, as long as the tooth is gradually improving. Sometimes, the decay could have been too close to the nerve of the tooth and in worse cases the tooth will need a root canal therapy to stop the toothache. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sensitivity after composite filling?

Is it normal to have sensitivity after composite filling?

Sometimes: That usually depends upon the size of the filling. Most composite fillings are not sensitive. However, composite fillings are also very technique sensitive. It could be that your decay was very deep, it could be a bonding issue, it could even be that the filling is a little high. Only your dentist can tell you for sure! ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a posterior composite filling and cost?

White filling: A posterior composite filling is a white colored filling on a posterior tooth (molar or bicuspid). Composite is a mixture of glass/mineral particles in a resin matrix and can be bonded or glued to the surface of the tooth. The cost varies by surfaces involved and where you live. In california the cost can range from 150 to 450 dollars. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain when eating after getting a composite filling?

Is it normal to have pain when eating after getting a composite filling?

Sometimes: Placing a composite filling can sometimes lead to temporary discomfort post-operatively depending on why the filling was placed. Composites placed to repair deep decay or replace large deep fillings can often traumatize the nerve within. Usually, this pain subsides but in some cases the filling can be removed and an insulating, protective base can be placed under the composite. ...Read more

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Can a composite filling in my tooth fall out?

Yes: If it cracks, any restoration can appear to, "fall out." a filling can crack because a new cavity under the filling weakens it, leaving it unsupported. If it is a new filling, and it feels a bit too tall, it can crack. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get a composite filling before braces?

Is it okay to get a composite filling before braces?

Absolutely: Once braces are placed on your teeth, many surfaces of the teeth are covered by brackets and wires. This makes cleaning your teeth more difficult and makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Existing cavities will also grow bigger in these circumstances. So it is very important to get all your cavities removed and filled before getting your braces. ...Read more

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Can I drink coffee after getting a composite filling?

Yes, you can: Tea, coffee, red wine and fruits will contribute to the staining, but superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing, flossing and prophylactic dental cleaning. ...Read more

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How do I take care of a composite filling in front tooth?

Clean it normally: A compositie filling needs no special care beyond what you would ordinarily do for your natural teeth. If it's near the biting edge of your tooth then be careful how hard you bite on it. You can chip a composite filling. ...Read more

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How to decide betweeb composite filling instead of root canal?

How to decide betweeb composite filling instead of root canal?

Treatment decisions: The answer to your question is best addressed by your dentist. It's a case by case situation. Root canal therapy is performed only when needed. ...Read more

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Root canal, will i be getting a mercury or composite filling?

Don't know: Not sure what your dentist is planning for the final restoration... Each tooth is different, so there is no one answer for everyone. Ask your dentist. ...Read more

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Tooth hurts after composite filling, how long does the pain last?

Tooth hurts after composite filling, how long does the pain last?

6-8 weeks: It is normal to experience sensitivity after you have recently had a filling up to 6-8 weeks. Do not worry, as long as the tooth is gradually improving. Sometimes, the decay could have been too close to the nerve of the tooth and in some cases the tooth will need a root canal therapy to stop the toothache. ...Read more

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Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Maybe: Depends on the state your in and state regulations. Some states license dental assistants with extended functions. After a dentist prepares a tooth for a restoration this assistant can fill, polish, adjust bite and contour the restoration. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have intense pain following a "resin-based composite filling" of a molar?

Sign of complication: Sorry to hear that you're in severe pain after a composite filling. Although a mild sensitivity after a filling is normal, however, if you experience a continued and intense pain you must visit your dentist for re-evaluation. Small adjustments can make a big difference. Take care. ...Read more

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