Irene Costaras-Vasilakis DDS

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Procedure Descriptions

Composite restorations (Tooth-Colored, White filling)

A composite restoration is used to fill an area that has been prepared and cleaned of previous decay. Composites contain small “filler” particles of glass-like material for strength and wear resistance. These fillings are expected to serve for several years.

After care

Composite restorations are completely hardened before you leave the dental chair however you should avoid chewing excessively hard things such as unpoped corn kernels, bones , ice, ect. because this material can be broken with excessively heavy force. Also you will need to brush your composite restorations along with all of your other teeth twice a day with a fluoridated tooth paste and floss once a day to keep decay from recurring around the new filling.

Possible adverse outcomes (risks)

  • Tooth sensitivity following the placement of the composite restoration. This may last from a few days to several months
  • Tooth pulp (nerve) degeneration following the placement of the composite restoration. As a tooth decays pulp degeneration becomes more likely, even if no treatment is performed. Generally, the larger the cavity the more likely the pulp will degenerate. If this happens than root canal therapy will be necessary.