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If you have a cavity that can be easily seen by others, you may want to consider repairing it with a composite filling. A visible cavity is not only embarrassing, but tooth decay can spread, leading to the failure and loss of the tooth. Composite, or tooth-colored fillings have become popular with many people for two reasons. First, they can be colored to match the rest of your tooth, and second, the material bonds directly to the tooth’s surface.

The material for composite fillings is a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass. After removing the decayed material from your tooth, your dentist will shade the composite so that it blends with your tooth. The composite is strong, but not as strong as other materials used in fillings. Consequently, composite fillings are normally used for smaller, visible cavities in teeth that do not receive much pressure when you eat. They also take longer to apply than other fillings, since they are placed in layers, each of which must be cured with a special light before the next layer is applied.

By polishing your filling, the dentist can make it stain-resistant, but it can still be discolored by food and beverages. Also, all fillings need to be checked to ensure that they do not need to be replaced. You will need to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and examinations.

If you have a cavity that needs attention and you live in the Staunton, Virginia area, you can call 540-885-1631 to make an appointment at The Karrel Dental Group with Dr. Justin Karrel.