Different teeth have different jobs. For example, your front teeth are used for biting and tearing your food, while your back teeth, or molars crush and grind your food so that you can digest it. Of course, all of your teeth can get cavities, and the location of a cavity can determine what kind of material your dentist will fill it. If the cavity is on a front tooth that does not receive much pressure from biting and chewing, and is easily visible to other people, your dentist may suggest a tooth colored or composite filling.
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of powdered glass and resin and are shaded to match the color of the rest of your tooth. After removing the tooth decay, the dentist will clean and dry the tooth. The tooth needs to be kept dry while the filling is placed, and the dentist will place your filling in layers. Each layer needs to be cured by a special light before the next layer can be applied, which means that composite fillings take longer to place than others.
Once the last layer has been cured, the dentist will polish your filling to make sure that it blends in with your tooth. It’s good to keep in mind that while improvements are constantly being made in dental technology, composite fillings are not as strong as other types. And they can be stained by tobacco or dark-colored foods and drinks.
If you have a tooth that needs to be repaired, and would like to find out if a composite filling may be right for you, why not talk to our dentist, Dr. Glenn MacFarlane? If you live in the Red Bank, New Jersey area and would like to schedule an appointment at The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine, call 732-530-4020 today.