The location of a cavity in your mouth can determine what kind of filling you will receive. For example, an amalgam or gold filling will work well for a molar that must withstand the pressure of chewing. But what about a filling that is located in a tooth that will be visible to other people? In that situation, you may want to talk to our dentist, Dr. Gemma Dalton about a composite filling.
A composite filling has two advantages. First, the composite material which is made from powdered glass and an acrylic resin, bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. Second, the composite can be shaded so that it blends in with the color of your tooth, making your filling virtually unnoticeable to other people.
After removing the decayed tooth material, the dentist will mix the composite so that it will match your tooth. Your tooth needs to kept dry as the composite is placed. It must be placed in layers, and each layer must be cured with a special light before the next layer is applied. Because of that, the process of placing a composite filling takes longer than with other types of fillings.
Dental technology is continuing to make composite fillings stronger, but they are not as strong as other types, so they are often reserved for teeth that have small cavities, and do not receive a great deal of pressure from biting or chewing. Your dentist will polish the filling which will make it stain resistant, but it can still be discolored by what you eat and drink. So, you should plan your menu with that in mind.
If you have a cavity that might benefit from a composite filling, or if it is just time for your regular appointment, you can call Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS in Bedford, Texas, by calling 817-571-1667. We’re looking forward to helping you enhance your smile!