If you have a cavity that developed in an obvious part of your smile, such as a front tooth, you can receive a composite (tooth-colored) dental filling to keep your smile beautiful. Tooth-colored dental fillings are created from acrylic resin and powdered glass, which bonds easily to the surface of the tooth and can be matched to the color of your natural tooth. Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann often recommends tooth-colored dental fillings to enhance as well as repair your smile.
To place the filling, our dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth, then washes and dries the area. We apply your dental composite in layers so that we can cure (harden) each before the next one is added. Placing a composite filling can take longer than other filling materials because the tooth must be kept dry during the procedure.
While composite dental filling can be easily matched to the original color of your tooth, they are more vulnerable to staining than silver fillings, so you will want to take certain steps to reduce the risk of discoloration. Limit your intake of foods and beverages that contain a high concentration of pigmentation.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day using toothpaste with fluoride, and floss in the morning or before bed. It’s important that you see your dentist twice a year for dental cleanings and exams, and to determine if your dental filling needs replacement, as no filling lasts forever.
If you are interested in receiving a composite dental filling in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we encourage you to contact our dentist, Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann, to discuss your options. Call 757-716-7943 today to make an appointment!