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One thing all teeth have in common is that they can get cavities. When that happens, your teeth will need some attention, which usually comes in the form of a filling. But keep in mind that different teeth do different jobs and the location and job of the tooth can affect what kind of filling our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal will use.

For example, your molars and premolars have the job of chewing and grinding your food. To do that, they need to be able to stand up to a great deal of pressure. If you get a cavity in one of those teeth, the dentist may use an amalgam or gold filling. But what about a cavity on one of your front teeth, particularly one that other people may see?

Since those teeth don’t exert a great deal of pressure when you bite, the dentist may recommend a composite filling. These fillings are not as strong as a gold or amalgam filling, but they bond directly to the surface of your tooth, and they can be shaded to match the rest of your smile. Composite fillings take a little longer than other fillings, since they are placed in layers, and each layer must be cured with a special light before the next one can be applied. While your composite fillings are strong, they can be damaged by too much pressure, and they can also be stained by dark-colored foods and beverages.

If you have a tooth that could use a little attention and would like to see if a composite filling will be a good fit for you, why not plan a visit to DM Family Dentistry in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Call 847-740-8827 today to schedule your appointment.