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Dental technology has made some impressive advances over the years. One of those advancements is composite, or tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of a combination of powdered glass and an acrylic resin, which can be shaded to match the color of your tooth.

The process of placing a composite filling takes somewhat longer than other types. Once the decay has been removed from your tooth, the dentist will mix the composite and color it to blend in with your tooth. The tooth and cavity must be kept dry as composite is placed. It is applied in layers and each layer must be cured with a special light. Another advantage of composite fillings is that they bond directly to the enamel on your tooth, and they can last around five years

Composite fillings are evolving and becoming stronger, but in many cases, your dentist will reserve a composite filling for a tooth in which the filling will be visible to others, and will not receive a great deal of pressure when you bite down or chew. Composite fillings can be stained by what you eat and drink, so limit dark colored foods and beverages, and make sure to brush and floss regularly.

If you have a tooth that needs attention, Dr. Robert Farber at Dearborn West Dental will be happy to see you. If live in the Dearborn, Michigan area, call 313-562-5610 for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!