Different teeth have different jobs and different needs. For example, your back teeth, known as your molars and premolars have the job of crushing and grinding your food to make it easier for you to swallow and digest. They need to withstand a great deal of pressure, On the other hand, your front teeth are used for biting and helping you to speak, and they do not receive much pressure. Because of this difference, cavities on your front teeth may benefit from composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings.
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of resin and ground glass, and can be shaded to resemble your natural tooth color. Composite fillings are not as strong as traditional fillings, (although that is changing), and are perfect for teeth that are visible when you smile. Composite resins take longer to place than other fillings, since they must be applied in layers and each layer must be cured with a special light before the next one can be applied. Once the layer has been placed, the dentist will polish it to harden it and help it blend in with your smile. Composite fillings can be stained and you will need to keep that in mind when planning your menu. However, with proper care, they can last for years.
If you would like to know more about composite fillings, or you need to make an appointment at Willow Creek Family Dentistry in Oxford, Ohio, call phone to plan your visit with our dentist Dr. Eric Dunn.