Composite dental fillings, or resin restoratives, are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or wear. The strength and durability of composite fillings continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Composite fillings mimic the appearance of natural teeth, and can be closely matched to the color of your child’s existing teeth. For this reason, they are more aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or more visible areas of your child’s smile.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While your child's tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your child’s tooth to its original shape and function.