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When it comes to repairing a decayed tooth, you have options. In fact, there are multiple ways you can treat your tooth and restore its full health and function. The most common treatments involve using amalgam and composite resin dental fillings. Our dentist, Dr. Mark Hughen, would like to give you some facts about these dental fillings so you can decide which treatment is right for you.

When it comes to the safety of each treatment, both dental fillings are safe for your smile and entire health. Now, we know there are rumors spreading about amalgam fillings. So, if you are hesitant to restore your tooth with an amalgam filling, our dental team encourages you to do your research. It’s best to talk to your dentist and ask any questions you have about the restoration. You can also do your research online. However, you have to be careful because the Internet can publish false information. So, as you research online, make sure you use accredited sites, like the American Dental Association website.

When it comes to the differences between the two fillings, there are many. Amalgam fillings are made of metals, which makes them a silver color. It also makes them very strong. This filling is oftentimes best used for a tooth that sits in the back of your mouth. If the tooth isn’t visible in the smile and it performs a lot of chewing tasks, an amalgam filling might be the best way to go. Composite resin fillings are made to match the color of your smile. So, when you repair your tooth, you won’t even see the filling! This filling is a little more fragile and more expensive. If the tooth is in the front of the mouth (it doesn’t have to handle a lot of pressure) and is visible in the smile, a composite filling might be the way to go.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dental fillings in Midland, Texas, please reach out to Primary Dental Clinic at 432-570-7080 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is more than happy to assist you!