If you have a visible cavity that can be seen every time you speak or smile, you may benefit from receiving a composite dental filling. Not only can a visible cavity affect the cosmetic appearance of your smile, the tooth decay can grow worse and result in infection and total tooth loss. Composites, or tooth-colored dental fillings, are very popular for many patients because they can be matched to the natural color of your tooth.
The material that makes up custom composite fillings is comprised of powdered glass mixed with acrylic resin. After we extract any decayed portions from the tooth, our dentists will help you determine the appropriate shade for the filling so that it can blend with your smile and look natural.
Keep in mind that while composite is strong, it may not be as durable as other materials that can make up the structure of fillings. Composite fillings are most often applied to teeth that have smaller cavities in highly visible teeth that aren’t placed under a lot of pressure when you bite and chew food. The procedure to place composite fillings may take longer than placing other types of fillings because composite is placed layer by layer, curing each layer with a special light before applying the rest of the filling.
Our dentists will also polish your filling to help it remain stain-resistant, but this does not mean it can’t be discolored by food and beverages. To keep dental fillings in good shape, visit the dentist regularly so that they can be checked for signs of needing replacement, in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you have developed a cavity and would like to speak with our dentists about receiving a composite dental filling in Edina, Minnesota, contact York Dental at 952-841-0122 today.