If you have a cavity that is easily seen by others, you may want to consider a tooth-colored, or composite filling. Composite fillings are made of powdered glass and an acrylic resin, which fits easily into the opening made by your dentist, bonds to the surface of your tooth, and can be shaded to match the color rest of your tooth. For those reasons, they have become very popular options for taking care of cavities.
They are durable, and as technology advances, composite fillings are becoming stronger. However, they are not as strong as other fillings, and are often used for smaller cavities that are readily visible to others, and for teeth that do not receive a great deal of pressure from biting and chewing.
After the dentist has removed the decayed material from your tooth, it will be washed and dried. Then the composite will be applied in layers, and each layer must be cured before the next one is placed. The tooth must also be kept dry during the process, so composite fillings take longer to place than other kinds of fillings.
Your filling will match the color of your tooth, but it will be vulnerable to staining, so you may want to think about limiting or avoiding your intake of dark-colored foods and beverages. No filling lasts forever, and at some point, it will need to be replaced. In the meantime, you should continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss before bed. You should also see your dentist twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams. During your visits, the dentist will check your filling to see if it is time to replace it.
If you have a tooth that needs some attention, and would like to see if a composite filling will work for you, get in touch with us! Our dentist, Dr. Jeremy Dull will be happy to see you and discuss the best course of treatment with you. To make an appointment at Monroe Family Dentistry in Monroe, Michigan, call 734-241-6550 today. We look forward to helping you have strong and healthy smile!