Not all of your teeth are designed to do the same thing. Your front teeth are designed for biting and tearing, while your back teeth are used for chewing. Because of that, your back teeth are stronger than the ones in the front, and can handle the pressure needed to do the job. Your front teeth aren’t designed to bear up under a great deal of pressure. If you develop a cavity on your front teeth, that is easily visible to other people, our dentists may suggest repairing it with a composite filling. Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings are made up of a combination of resin and powdered glass, and can be shaded to match the surface of your tooth, making them virtually invisible to other people. They are perfect for teeth that are prominent in your smile and don’t need to stand up to much pressure.
Aside from their cosmetic appeal, composite fillings are also mercury-free and bond directly to the surface of your tooth. However, composite fillings take longer to place than other types of fillings since they are placed in layers, and each layer must be cured before the next layer can be applied. But if the filling starts to wear away, it can easily be repaired by adding more layers.
If you have a tooth that needs some attention and you would like to know more about composite fillings, we would be happy to tell you more. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Faith Cousins DDS in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-589-2714 today.