How Dental Fillings Can Safeguard Your Smile

An incredibly common restorative treatment, dental fillings help preserve the health of a patient’s smile by stopping the progression of tooth decay, restoring a tooth’s natural function and aesthetic. Certain types of fillings material can also be used to repair teeth that have experienced chips or cracking, and to close unwanted gaps in a patient’s smile.

What types of materials are used in dental fillings?

There are three main types of fillings materials: composite (tooth-colored), amalgam (silver), and gold.

  • Composite fillings are made from a mix of plastic and glass materials, and are often used for cavities in the smile zone – the area that’s most visible when a patient smiles. They provide strong chewing support to teeth and require less removal of a patient’s tooth to apply.
  • Amalgam fillings are made from a mix of metals, including silver, tin, and mercury, and because of their impressive durability, are often used for cavities in the molar region.
  • Gold fillings are made from solid gold and are often used for patients who have allergies to other types of fillings materials.

How should fillings be cared for?

As with your natural teeth, teeth that have been restored with dental fillings should be diligently cared for with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings from our team.

Interested in learning more about dental fillings and how they may help your smile? Call our friendly team today!

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  • Have tooth decay removed quickly and efficiently
  • Strengthen and protect a weakened tooth
  • Prevent infection and further decay from developing
  • Keep your smile healthy in the short and long term
  • Enjoy protective benefits for many years!

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