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September 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

In an ideal world, you would not need dental fillings. But cavities do happen, and treating them early is very important to avoid even more concerning complications. The problem for some is the unsightly silver of traditional fillings. The solution is tooth-colored fillings available at Arbor Hills Dental. So contact Dr. Angela Toy, your family dentist in Newberg, OR, to find out if they're right for you.

Unsightly Silver Fillings

Although silver in appearance, and often referred to as such, traditional fillings are actually made of amalgam. An alloy of mercury, silver, tin, and copper.

The mixture of mercury with the other metals makes it safe and stable. It's been in use for generations and remains a popular choice because it's the least expensive choice and because of its durability.

Its only downside, besides the very visible sign that you've had cavities filled, is that more drilling needs to be made to the tooth than with the alternative.

Composite Fillings

White of color, and able to be matched to the shade of your own teeth, composite is a now common alternative to amalgam fillings.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and glass and is often used, apart from fillings, to restore and reshape teeth that have been cracked or chipped.

This is possible because of the composite bonds directly to the enamel. Making the filling very strong and durable, and with modern materials, almost as lasting as amalgam fillings.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Newberg, OR

Caring for your composite fillings is as simple, and as important as caring for your natural teeth. So to prevent repairs or future cavities, brush twice daily and floss once a day, steer clear of sugary drinks and foods and see your dentist on a regular basis. For exams and cleanings.

So don't delay, to make an appointment with Dr. Toy of Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, OR, dial (503) 538-2143.