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Dental Fillings, Explained

Published on August 21, 2017

On the outside of our teeth is a thin protective layer called enamel. A cavity forms when the enamel has worn away far enough to create a hole. This can lead to toothaches, infections, and tooth failure. A dental filling is a procedure done to fill the hole created by the cavity.

There are two kinds of dental fillings: dental amalgams and dental composites.

Dental amalgams are shiny, metallic-looking fillings that are extremely long-lasting and effective. If a large filling is needed, they tend to be the most effective, though that will be up to you and your dentist. Dental amalgams use a variety of metals and a small amount of mercury as a binding agent to create a filling that can repair cavities. This helps prevent further decay. Dental amalgams have a been used and improved for more than a century, and are even more precise and effective today than in the past.

Dental composites are tooth-colored composite fillings that can mimic the natural look of your teeth. With a composite, your open smile will remain unaffected, as the filling blends well with its surroundings. A composite filling is both metal- and mercury-free. Composite fillings can also be repaired many times over, if needed, without the need of having to remove the original filling, as is required with dental amalgams.

If you suspect that you need a filling and would like to meet with our team at BJ Showman for an oral examination, please call 216.241.4303 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Cleveland, Ohio. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.