Composite restoration is used to restore tooth structure that is missing from teeth. Missing tooth structure can be caused by caries (tooth decay), dental trauma, enamel defects (some people are born with anomalies on tooth structure) tooth wear (from erosion, attrition or abrasion) or for aesthetic purposes.
How does a dentist perform composite restoration?
Firstly, the tooth is isolated. Then, the surface being restored is etched and prepared with tooth adhesive. The composite material is layered in small increments and moulded to the required shape. After, the composite resin is polymerised with ultraviolet light to set and finally, the restoration is adjusted and polished.
WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED AFTER A COMPOSIT RESTAURATION
After the procedure, you can eat or drink straight away and there is no need for special precautions. After composite restoration, the recommendations for what to avoid are the same as general advice regarding teeth care, like to avoid biting nails or chewing items such as pen lids, which may chip the composite restoration.