Having a cavity is bad enough. But having a cavity where everyone can see it is even worse. To remedy this situation, you may want to talk with your dentist here in Hampton, VA, about tooth-colored, or composite fillings. Composite fillings are very popular. Not only do they bond directly to the surface of your tooth, but they are shaded to match the color of your tooth so that the fillings are virtually unnoticeable to other people.
Over the years, composite fillings have become stronger, but they are not as tough as other fillings. For that reason, composites are normally used for smaller cavities that are easily seen by others, and that are in teeth that do not receive much pressure from biting or chewing.
Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered class. After removing the decayed tooth material, your dentist will mix the composite to match the color of your tooth. The tooth must be kept dry as the composite is placed, which is done in layers. Each layer must be cured before the next layer is applied. Because of this, composite fillings take longer to place than other types.
Like any other type of filling, your composite filling will need to be replaced at some point. In the meantime, you should continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. During your routine dental appointments, your dentist will check to make sure that your filling is holding up and does not need to be replaced. The composite can be stained, so you should keep that in mind when it comes to dark-colored foods and beverages.
If you have a tooth that needs some attention in Hampton Roads area, our dentist will be happy to see you for an exam. If you live in the Hampton, VA, area, you can make an appointment at Morrison Dental Group by calling 757-850-2100.