The kind of filling you receive for your cavity will depend on its size and where it is located in your mouth. For example, an amalgam or gold filling will work well in a molar that gets a great deal of pressure from chewing. But what about a cavity in a tooth that is easily seen by other people? While you want the problem fixed, you don’t want people’s eyes to be drawn to a spot of gold or grey in your smile. If this is the case for you, than you should ask our dentist, Dr. Keith Blackmon about a composite filling. Composite fillings are made of combination of powdered glass and acrylic resin. A composite filling bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. But their popularity lies in the fact that they can be shaded or colored to match the rest of your tooth surface, making them virtually unnoticeable to other people.
To place a composite filling, your dentist will remove the decayed material. Then, he will clean and dry your tooth. The tooth needs to be kept dry as the filling is placed. The composite is applied in layers, and each layer must be cured before the next layer can be applied. Because of that, the process of placing a composite filling takes longer than for other fillings, and the composite is not a strong as other fillings. As a result, composite fillings are used for smaller cavities that occur in teeth that do not receive much pressure. All fillings need to be replaced over time, and your composite can be stained by dark colored food and beverages. So, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.
If you have tooth that needs some attention, then you should call 334-792-5711, to make an appointment at Family Dental Care of Dothan in Dothan, Alabama. We look forward to helping you have the smile of your dreams!