If you have a cavity, you will want to have it filled by Dr. Danlu Lee or Dr. Wendy Yeung, at Radiant Smiles Family Dentistry. One of the popular methods for filling cavities is using a composite resin. Composite fillings can be shaded to match the rest of your tooth so that your filling will be unnoticeable to other people.
Composite fillings are made from acrylic and powdered glass. Although the one of the most noticeable benefits of composite fillings is their color, they also bond with the surface of your tooth. In addition to blending in with your tooth, the dentist can mold the resin to restore the shape of your tooth.
Composite fillings take longer to place than other fillings, since the tooth must be dry during the process, and the composite is placed in layers, each of which must be cured with a special light. Composite fillings work best when they are used for small cavities that will not receive a great deal of pressure from biting or chewing. Like all fillings, your dentist will need to check them during your regular appointment to make sure that they do not need to be replaced. You will need to continue to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Your composite filling is also vulnerable to staining, so it is a good idea to avoid tobacco, tea, coffee, and other colored food and beverages.
If you are interested in a composite filling to fix one of your teeth, and you live in the Kirkland, Washington area, give us a call at (425) 828.9721 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!