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If you have a cavity, you might benefit from composite, or tooth-colored fillings. Composite fillings are made of a combination of powdered glass and acrylic resin. The composite can be colored to match the rest of your tooth and the material binds well to the tooth surface.

After removing the decayed material, your dentist will shade the composite to blend in with your tooth. Your tooth will be washed and then dried, and the composite will be applied in layers. The tooth must be kept dry during the process and each layer must be cured by a special light.

As dental medicine advances, composite fillings are becoming stronger. However, they are not as strong as other fillings, and for that reason they are used for teeth that have small cavities and do not receive a great deal of pressure from biting or chewing. Composite fillings are also normally reserved for cavities that can be easily seen by other people.

Composite fillings can be stained, and like other fillings, they will need to be replaced over time. To keep your composite fillings in good shape, you should avoid foods that can stain them, brush twice a day and floss once day. You should also see your dentist twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams. During those visits, your dentist will check your fillings to see if they need to be replaced.

If you need have a cavity that needs to be repaired, or a tooth that is giving your problems, speak with our dentist, Dr. Alexander Larsen about composite fillings. If you live in the Orem, Utah, area, call 801-224-1117 today to schedule an appointment at Gentle Dental Arts.