Cavities are perhaps the most common dental issue that patients face. Most people will occasionally get a cavity and will need a filling to prevent further damage. While amalgam fillings were once the most popular type of filling, improvements in dental technology have created new types of fillings. Read on to learn what we now recommend for cavity treatment.
What are Amalgam Fillings?
Amalgam fillings are metal mixtures that a dentist uses to fill a cavity. People with amalgam fillings will have noticeable metal patches on the surface of the tooth that has been filled. While these will effectively fill a tooth, the amalgam can be made of harmful metals (such as mercury) and also has an unsightly look.
Instead of amalgam fillings, we recommend bonding or tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a non-toxic material such as ceramic or composite resin. You won’t need to worry about metal exposure and you will love the natural look. Dental bonding is another process that restores the look of your teeth and protects against decay. While dental bondings are mostly done for cosmetic purposes, fillings are for cavity treatment.
Amalgam Filling Removal
Ready to say goodbye to amalgam fillings? At Sair Dental, we can remove your amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings. The result is a beautiful, protected, smile. To learn more about amalgam filling removal or to talk about your filling options, give us a call at 832-924-2666.