Should a Composite Dental Filling Repair Your Cavity?

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If you have a tooth in your smile that is easily seen by others but has also developed a cavity, our dentist may recommend a composite (tooth-colored) dental filling to repair the problem. We can help you determine if a composite dental filling is the right treatment for your tooth.

Composite fillings are a combination of acrylic resin and powdered glass. While one of the benefits of composite dental fillings is that they can bond directly to the tooth enamel, many patients also choose these fillings because their coloring enables them to blend in with the natural color of teeth, making them hard to be seen by others.

After our team has removed any tooth decay, we can place the composite filling in layers, curing each layer with a special light before adding the next. This can cause the process to take longer than other filling procedures. Following the placement of the last layer, we can polish the filling to make it stain resistant and help it to blend in.

Tooth-colored dental fillings continue to advance, but they are still not as durable as amalgam dental fillings, and are typically used only smaller cavities and for teeth that aren’t directly involved in daily biting and chewing. Over time, the composite can develop stains from dark-colored drinks and food, and we encourage you to exercise care when eating and drinking. Your filling will not last forever, but we can check your filling at each dental visit to ensure it’s still in good health. You should also do your part by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

If you have a cavity and are interested in receiving a composite dental filling in Indianapolis, Indiana, call 317-357-8548 and schedule a visit to our office to see our dentist, Dr. James McAllister.