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Cavities can cause you to lose or break a tooth. They can also contribute to bad breath, and they can be very painful if left untreated. If a cavity appears in a tooth that is easily visible to other people, it can also be a source of embarrassment.

Over the years, different fillings have been developed to remedy cavities in different teeth. If you have a smaller cavity that is in a tooth that can be seen by other people, and does not receive a great deal of pressure from biting and chewing, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Richard Mantoan about fixing your problem with a composite filling.

While not as strong as other fillings, composite fillings have become very popular over the years. This popularity is due to two reasons. One is because the fillings bond directly to the surface of your tooth. The other is because the composite, which is a combination of powdered glass and acrylic resin, can be shaded to blend in with the rest of your tooth.

The tooth must be kept dry as the composite is applied, and it is applied in layers. Each layer must be cured with a special light before the next layer can be placed, This makes the process of placing a composite filling longer than for other fillings. Once the filling is in place, the dentist will polish it. That will help the filling to blend in and make it stain-resistant. But, composite fillings can be stained: something you should consider when enjoying dark-colored foods and drinks.

If you have a tooth that needs to be repaired, talk with the dentist about whether or not a composite filling would be a good fit. If you would like to make an appointment at Southland Smiles in Flossmoor, Illinois, call 708-794-4253 today, and let’s get started on improving your smile!