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Cavities are not just unsightly, they are unhealthy. If your cavity is not treated, you run the risk of an infection in your tooth and possibly your jaw. You could even lose your tooth. To combat this problem, your dentist can remove the decay and give you a filling. But with all the different fillings from which to use, which one is the best fit for your tooth? Fillings made of an amalgam or gold are very durable, and are great for your molars which need to sustain the pressure of chewing food. But what should you do if you have a filling on a front tooth and that is easily seen by others? In that case, you may want to talk with your dentist about a composite, or tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings bond directly to the surface of your tooth, but the primary reason that composite fillings are popular is because they can be colored to match the rest of your tooth, making them almost invisible to other people.

To place a composite filling, your dentist will remove the tooth decay. Then, he will clean and dry your tooth. The tooth needs to be kept dry while the filling is placed. After shading the composite to match the color of your tooth, the dentist will begin applying it to the cavity in layers. Each layer needs to be cured before the next one can be applied. When the last layer has been cured, the dentist will polish your filling. Composite fillings are being improved all the time, but they are not as strong as other types of fillings. Because of that, they are usually reserved for smaller cavities that are on teeth that do not receive much pressure from biting or chewing. All fillings need to be replaced over time. You will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth, and see your dentist every six months for your routine cleanings and exams. Your filling can be stained by dark-colored foods and drinks, and in that case, your dentist will need to polish it.

If you have a tooth that can use some attention, and you would like to find out if a composite filling is right for your, our dentist, Dr. Brett Langston will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta in Decatur. Georgia, call (404) 321-4588 today. Let’s get started on your new smile today.