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Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
 
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

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I had to change dentists after mine retired. Dr Saxon was referred by my dentist. I went in this morning with what I thought was a broken filling. They made my appointment the very next day after I called. Turned out I needed a crown. My nerve is extremely hard to get numb. Dr. Saxon was so perfect in handling the numbing process. I have had bad experiences in the past were I was extremely sore for several days following numbing injections. Not so today! Dr. Saxon called me this evening to check in and see how I was doing. First time ever from a Dentist. Was I dissapointed to need a crown, yes, but Dr. Saxon and his assistant walked me through the process. I left with no questions. The crown is being custom made to fit my tooth and a color guide was presented to ensure the crown matches my tooth color. This is the first time for me to change dentists in 15 years. I feel blessed to have found a fabulous dentist that seems to genuinely care for his patients. Not once did I feel like Dr. Saxon was rushing to finish so he could go to another patient. Thank you Dr. Saxon!

Toni G.

All the staff is well prepared for the duties they perform starting at the front desk until I leave. I've always been treated professionally by everyone. I gladly recommend this office to my friends. Keep up the good work!

B. Holman

My insurance listed Saxon Dental as in network. I hadn't been there before but I made an appointment and went today. Talk about a wonderful experience. The very best dental practice I've ever been to. As a new patient they give you a gift, they give you a complete tour of the facility and meet everyone. You are treated like a real person; they make you feel welcome and appreciate you being there. I can't even begin to say how great they are.

J. Hubbes

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