Dental technology is an ever-changing discipline. Your dentist has the ability to do things that the earliest practitioners would have never thought possible. One such example is tooth-colored, or composite fillings. These fillings have become popular in recent years, since the filling material can be shaded to match your tooth, and it bonds directly to the surface of your tooth.
The composite is a mix of powdered glass and acrylic resin. It can be colored so that it blends in with the rest of your tooth, making it unnoticeable to others. Because of that, and because it is not the strongest filling material, composite fillings are generally reserved to small cavities in teeth that do not receive much pressure, and are readily visible. Having a tooth filled with a composite takes longer than other fillings, since the tooth must be kept dry as the composite is applied. It is done in layers and each layer must be cured before the next one can be added.
Once the filling has been placed, you will need to brush and floss your teeth just as you always have. You should see your dentist twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. During those visits, your dentist will examine your filling to see if it needs to be replaced. When the filling is placed, your dentist will polish it to make it stain resistant, but it can still be stained. You will need to limit your intake of dark colored food and beverages to keep your filling its original color.
If you have a tooth that needs attention, you can talk to our dentist, Dr. Christopher Louie about composite, or other types of fillings. If you would like to make an appointment at Christopher L. Louie, DDS, Inc. in Fremont, California, call 510-656-7778 today.