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Why do you use tooth-colored fillings instead of silver amalgam?

The most obvious reason we choose tooth-colored fillings at our Summerville, SC dental office is their natural appearance.

Tooth-colored fillings are a composite of glass and resin particles, which imparts a natural appearance that resembles dental enamel. We can even match the material to the shade of your tooth, which makes composites perfect for teeth that show when you smile and for fixing small aesthetic flaws like chipped or broken teeth.

Silver amalgam fillings appear as a dark spot in your smile, so they were often used on back teeth like molars. The problem is that over time, a tooth filled with amalgam takes on a bluish hue.

Another reason we choose tooth-colored composites is that Dr. Riley needs to remove only the decayed portion to create a durable repair. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, require a large space in which to sit, which means we have to remove healthy tooth structure in addition to the decayed portion.

As you can see, tooth-colored fillings are a great choice with several benefits. If it’s time for your routine checkup or you suspect you have a cavity, please call Azalea Dental to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs.

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