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Do you have a cavity? Do you experience any toothaches but have not come to your dentist recently for a checkup? If you think you may have cavities, Island Dental will find them and offer you the best options available to combatting each one. Dental fillings are an excellent procedure for destroying cavities. Depending on the size and location of the cavity, our dentists can recommend whether a composite filling or a dental amalgam can most effectively do its job.
Composite fillings, also commonly referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are resin-based fillings that can be color-coded to match your teeth. Because they are typically seen as a cosmetic superior to dental amalgams, composites are typically chosen for their looks. Very small cavities may be impossible to accurately fill with amalgams, but composites can be used with laser-like precision for even the smallest of cavities. They are also mercury-free, which is a concern for individuals who may be allergic to it. With proper care, a composite filling can last a decade.
Dental amalgams have been around for over 150 years in America. They are typically viewed as silver fillings, but dental amalgams are a combination of silver, tin, and copper, with mercury used as the bonding agent between the three. Dental amalgams are typically much easier for dentists to place, and, when compared to composite fillings, amalgams are also considered more useful for larger cavities, and can typically last longer before needing to be replaced.
The choice between which filling is best for you depends on a variety of factors, including cavity size, tooth location, cosmetic preference, and cost. To speak with Dr. Naman B. Patel, please call us at 480-725-3031, and we can schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona. Come in soon and we can have your cavities fixed in no time.