Where a cavity occurs in your mouth frequently determines what kind of filling your dentist will use to fix it. Amalgam and gold fillings are very strong and are good for cavities in your molars and premolars. But if you have a cavity that can be easily seen by other people, you will want to talk to your dentist about a tooth-colored or composite filling. Composite fillings, which are made of powdered glass and an acrylic resin are very popular because they can be shaded to match the surface of your tooth.
After removing the decayed tooth material your dentist will clean and dry your tooth. The tooth needs to be kept dry, since the composite is placed in layers. Each layer must be cured before the next once can be applied. Because of this, composite fillings take longer than others to be placed. This also means that composite fillings are not as strong as gold or amalgam fillings, and they are often reserved for small cavities in teeth that do not receive a great deal of pressure from biting or chewing.
Remember that your composite filling is stain resistant, not stain proof. Your filling can be darkened by tobacco use, caffeinated drinks, and dark colored foods and beverages. If it your filling is stained, you will need to see your dentist to have it polished. All fillings wear out over time, and when you visit your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams, he will check your filling to see if it needs to be replaced.
If you have a tooth that has been giving you problems, then it is time for you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Robert Madry. If you live in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area and would like to plan your visit at Robert Madry, DDS, General and Cosmetic Dentistry give us a call at 361-730-1420.