Oral Health ABCs: Dental Fillings

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If you are interested in treating cavities, your best oral health care option would be a dental filling. Dental fillings come in many varieties and styles. Depending on your oral health care needs, some fillings are designed to mimic the natural look of teeth whereas others are more effective for different size cavities. However, regardless of which dental filling you choose, what is important is that all cavities are treated. If left untreated, cavities can lead to infections and tooth loss.

If you are looking for a dental filling that is designed for large cavities, dental amalgams may be your best choice. Dental amalgams are combinations of metals bound together. Although dental amalgams do leave off a metallic shine, they’re extremely durable and have been proven to work effectively for over 150 years in the USA. Alternatively, composite fillings are relatively new but they do not leave off a metallic shine. Composite fillings can be adjusted to mimic the natural color of your teeth. Furthermore, composite fillings can treat microscopic cavities that are too small for dental amalgams.

If you suffer an oral accident or injury, and your dental filling is damaged, it may need to be removed. If you have a dental amalgam, it will need to be completely taken out before a new one can be reapplied. However, if you have a tooth color composite filling, they can be reapplied on top of one another without removing the original filling. For treating your cavities, speak with your dentist to determine which dental filling is best for you.

If you suffer from a cavity, contact Truxtun Family Dentistry at 661-327-7497 to see which dental filling treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Peter D Kim and our team at our dentist office in Bakersfield, California, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have.