Have you had a checkup in recent months to check for cavities? Given the proclivity for cavities to spring forth without knowing, you may have a cavity right now. Fortunately, dental fillings can be used to stop the decay and correct the issue. A cavity is caused by the erosion of tooth enamel until a hole has formed in the tooth. If left untreated, a cavity can lead to infection and potential tooth failure.
One of the most prominent forms of dental fillings is dental amalgams. For over 150 years in America, dentists have been using dental amalgams to help people combat the effects of tooth decay. Dental amalgams use a variety of metals and a small amount of mercury as a binding agent to create a filling that can fix cavities and prevent future damage from occurring. Although dental fillings sometimes need to be replaced, they still remain one of the most durable procedures in dentistry.
Another form of dental filling on the rise is called dental composites, also known as tooth-colored fillings. The main appeal of dental composites is that they can blend in with the natural shade of your teeth and can fill in cavities that may be too small for amalgams to cover. Dental composites are also mercury free for those who may have an aversion to the metal.
Both types have their own benefits, so it is up to you and your dentist to choose which one is right for you. To schedule an oral exam for dental fillings at Stone Lodge Dental, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in McKinney, Texas, with Dr. Ernesto Prida and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 214-613-1500. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!