If you develop a cavity, it’s important to have it filled. An untreated cavity will continue to deteriorate your tooth, and may permit bacteria to infect your tooth, which could result in the need for a root canal or even an extraction. A filling will replace the decayed portion of your tooth and restore it to its proper shape and function.
One of the most popular types of fillings is a composite or tooth-colored filling. This type of filling is made of a combination of powdered glass and resin. The biggest reason for the popularity of these types of fillings is the fact that composite can be shaded to match the color of your tooth. But composite fillings also bond directly to the surface of your tooth, and mold themselves to the shape of the cavity. They are most often used to repair cavities that are easily visible when you smile and do not have to bear up under the pressure of chewing your food. To place a composite filling, our dentist here in Hampton, and Hampton Roads, VA, will first remove the decayed tooth material.
Once that is done, our dentist will start to place the composite. The process will take longer than it would for amalgam fillings since composites are placed in layers, and each layer must be cured before the next one can be applied. Once the last layer has been cured, the dentist will polish the filling to help it blend in with your tooth. Composites can be stained over time and will have to be whitened by the dentist.
If you have a tooth that needs to be repaired, we would love to talk to you about a composite filling in Hampton, and Hampton Roads, VA. If you would like to make an appointment at Morrison Dental Group, call phone today and we’ll schedule your visit.