Let’s talk about something almost every adult may encounter-dental fillings!
During a dental checkup your dentist may inform you that you have cavities. Depending on the size and location of the cavity, one option may be a filling.
While there are several materials that can be used to make a filling, the most common materials are amalgam and composite.
Amalgam fillings are made of silver, copper, tin and mercury. This metal combination makes a strong and stable filling. While our office does not place amalgam, it isn’t necessary that you have yours replaced unless there is a problem with the amalgam filling or the tooth that needs to be repaired.
Composite fillings can be used to repair a tooth affected by decay or cracks or to make cosmetic changes. Composites are tooth colored and come in a variety of shades that can be made to match surrounding teeth.
Dental fillings are durable and typically last a few years. Sometimes fillings of any material have to be replaced due to recurring decay on the tooth, fracture of the filling material, etc.
How should you care for your fillings?
-avoid eating hard foods
-avoid very hot or cold items
-brush and floss regularly
-don’t pick at your fillings
-avoid biting on objects, such as pens, etc.
-visit your dentist regularly for checkups