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The development of a visible cavity that can be seen in your smile every time you open your mouth may call for the placement of a composite dental filling. In addition to affecting the cosmetic appearance of the tooth that has a cavity, untreated tooth decay can affect more and more of the tooth until the total structure is lost. Composites, which are tooth-colored dental fillings, are very effective dental restorations since they can match the color of the natural tooth.

Powdered glass and acrylic resin make up the material for composite fillings so that, after we remove the areas of tooth decay, our dentist can shade the material for your filling so that it looks like a natural part of your tooth.

There are a few things you will need to keep in mind about composite dental fillings. While the material is strong, other dental materials that are used for dental fillings can be more durable, which is why composite fillings are usually placed on smaller cavities that have developed on visible teeth. These teeth usually don’t experience a lot of pressure from biting and chewing food, allowing your filling to last longer. The process of placing composite fillings is often longer than other filling procedures because they are placed a layer at a time, with a special light to cure the filling between layers.

A final polishing of your filling gives it stain-resistant properties, though it could still be stained and discolored by certain food and beverages. To maintain the appearance of your dental fillings, brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit the dentist regularly to determine if the fillings need to be repaired or replaced.

You are welcome to speak with our dentist, Dr. Michael Doty, about the benefits of composite dental filling in Abingdon, Virginia, by contacting our office at 276-628-6251 today.