Dentists have been treating cavities for ages. As dental medicine has evolved, those treatments have not only improved in terms of effectiveness but also in cosmetic appeal. One of those advancements is composite, or tooth-colored fillings.
Composite fillings are a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They have several advantages. One is that the composite can be shaded to match the color of the rest of your tooth, making the filling unnoticeable to other people. Another advantage is that that the composite material bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. However, while composite fillings are being improved, they are still not as strong as other fillings. For that reason, dentists usually place composite fillings in small cavities in teeth that do not receive a great deal of pressure when you bite or chew.
After your dentist has removed the decayed material, he will apply the composite in layers. The tooth needs to be kept clean and dry while each layer is applied and each layer must be cured by a special light. When complete, your filling should be almost impossible to distinguish from the rest of your tooth. The material can be stained, so you should keep that in mind when eating or drinking dark-colored foods or beverages.
If you have a tooth that is in need of repair, talk with our dentist, Dr. Jee Lee to see if a composite filling is right for you. If you live in the Anaheim, California, area, you can call 714-635-5500 to make an appointment at Dental Group of Anaheim. We look forward to seeing you soon!