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If you develop a cavity in one of your teeth, your dentist may opt to solve the problem with a dental crown, but often a filling can get the job done. But the location of the cavity in your mouth can determine what kind of filling you will have. For example, a cavity on a molar or premolar, which must sustain the pressure of chewing your food, may get an amalgam or gold filling. However, a cavity that is in an area that is easily visible to other people could be filled with a composite, or tooth-colored filling.

Composite fillings have enjoyed increasing popularity in part because they bond directly with the surface of your tooth. But the real reason people are interested in composite fillings is because they can be colored to blend in with the rest of your tooth, which means other people will not notice them.

Once the dentist has removed the decayed tooth material, he will shade the composite so that it matches your tooth. The composite, which is a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin is applied to the cavity in layers until the space is filled. Each layer must be cured before the next layer can be applied. For this reason, composite fillings take longer to place than others, and they are not as strong as other types of fillings. Usually, composite fillings are reserved for teeth that do not receive a great deal of pressure. They can be stained over time, and so you should take that into consideration when you are enjoying a meal or a snack.

If you need a tooth filled, or if you are looking for a family dentist, you will want to meet our dentist, Dr. Stephen Woodard. To make an appointment at Stephen Woodard DDS, in Spokane Valley, Washington call 509-924-8585 today. Let’s get started on giving you the smile of your dreams!