Do you have any cavities in your mouth? A cavity is often found when your tooth enamel has been eroded to the point that a hole in the tooth has formed. Cavities are extremely harmful to your teeth but sadly can often go unnoticed until pain is felt within a tooth, oftentimes meaning it’s too late. Visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings to ensure cavities are prevented or at least found before they can do any further damage.
To help combat cavities when they are discovered, dental fillings can be used. Typically, a dental filling can replace the hole in the tooth and protect the area from further decay in the future. However, not all dental fillings are the same. Two of the most popular types are dental amalgams and composite fillings.
Dental amalgams have been around for ages and consist of a combination of metals bound together with mercury. With a dental amalgam, large cavities can safely be eradicated and filled. However, they are known for their metallic look they leave behind. As an alternate, composites can be used. Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored composites, are relatively new and use alternative ingredients that can blend in seamlessly with the look of your natural tooth. In addition, they can be used for extremely small cavities, including ones that were often thought to be too small for even dental amalgams. Speak with your dentist to see which dental fillings are right for you.
Dental fillings may be the dentistry service you need. For an oral examination at Meadowdale Dental Clinic at our dentist office in Lynnwood, Washington, please book an appointment with Dr. Lois Lee and our team by calling (425) 361-0842. We look forward to hosting your smile!