Dental fillings are designed to keep your smile safe. If tooth decay has occurred to the point that your tooth enamel has a serious amount of dental erosion, a hole may have formed in a tooth, called a cavity. To avoid infection and tooth loss, the cavity must be filled in with a dental filling, typically either a dental amalgam or tooth-colored composite. Listed below are some of the sensational benefits and comparisons of the two main types of dental fillings:
– Dental amalgams and composite fillings have distinct visual features, as amalgams leave behind a metallic shine and composites leave behind a tooth-colored shine.
– For cavities that are very small, amalgams may not be able to repair them successfully. However, tooth-composites are highly effective even for microscopic cavities.
– Although the levels of mercury in dental amalgams is extremely low, if you wish to avoid it altogether, composite fillings are mercury-free.
– Dental amalgams need to be removed before a replacement can be used. Dental composites can be repaired and reapplied many times over with the need to remove the original.
If you would like to learn more about dental filling treatments with Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme, contact us at our dentist office in St. Anthony, Idaho. Our number is 208-624-3757. Dr. John Toenjes and our entire team look forward to your visit.