Plaque, a sticky film of food and bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth, is the culprit when it comes to tooth decay. Bacteria that naturally exist in plaque break down the starches and sugars in the food you eat. The resulting chemical reaction produces acid that corrodes and deteriorates teeth over time leading to cavities and tooth decay. Regular visits to the dentists and proper dental care are crucial in fighting cavities. Sometimes, fillings are necessary to fight cavities and keep decay from spreading.
More and more patients today ask for white fillings because they want their teeth to look natural when they laugh, talk and smile. White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth.
An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials' ability to bond to teeth adhesively. Once the filling is in place, it is chemically hardened, or cured, for less than a minute with a special light.
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