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Dental fillings make smiles healthier and happier. If tooth decay has occurred to the point that your tooth enamel has a significant amount of dental erosion, a hole may have appeared in a tooth, called a cavity. To prevent infection and tooth loss, the cavity must be repaired with a dental filling, typically either a dental amalgam or tooth-colored composite. Listed below are some of the astounding benefits and comparisons of the two main types of dental fillings:

– Dental amalgams are a combination of metals that leaves a distinct metallic shine. Composite fillings are a combination of clearer ingredients that leave a tooth-colored shine.

– The bigger a cavity is, the more likelihood it has of requiring a dental amalgam, as composite fillings tend to work best for small to medium-sized cavities.

– Only dental amalgams require removal when replacing them. For composite fillings, the new one can be coated directly atop the original.

– If you are allergic to mercury, avoid dental amalgams, as mercury is used as a binding agent.

No matter the dental filling treatment you desire, Dr. Danton Bradshaw and our team at Snowy River Dental is here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Bellevue, Idaho, please contact us at 208-788-2006 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to improving your smile!