Did you know that dental fillings are one of the most effective oral health care treatments for eliminating cavities from your teeth? Dental fillings work by removing any decay that may be present and filling in the cavity with a protective substance. Typically, dental amalgams and tooth-colored composites are used for dental fillings.
Dental amalgam fillings are best used for large cavities. They have been around for over a century and a half in America and continue to work effectively even today. Amalgams consist of a combination of metals held together with a mercury binding.
If you wish for a more tooth-like dental filling that naturally blends in with the rest of your smile, a tooth-colored composite is the better choice. Tooth-colored composites are typically resin or porcelain based and can be shaded to match your natural tooth color. Typically, tooth-colored composites are more beneficial for smaller cavities, and can even be used on microscopic cavities that are too small for dental amalgams. Depending on your oral health needs, speak with your dentist to determine which dental filling would best suit you.
For a complete oral examination, don’t delay in visiting our team at College Hill Dental Group. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Haslam and our team at our dentist office in Corvallis, Oregon, please call us at 541-753-8365. With the help of our team, the pathway to a cavity-free smile can be yours.