Do you place amalgam fillings?
Dr. Willis mostly places composite tooth-colored fillings, but will also place amalgam fillings if appropriate. When you come to Creedmoor Family Dentistry, your check-ups will include x-rays, if due, and a full examination by Dr. Willis of your teeth and gums. The x-rays allow us to catch cavities and other concerns that otherwise would not be found through just a visual exam.
If Dr. Willis should find mild to moderate tooth decay, he will recommend a dental filling. Composite tooth-colored fillings, which are made of composite resin, offer three main advantages: the filling bonds to the tooth, and so offers great support; the color of the filling can be made to match the color of your tooth enamel, so it blends in; and the placement of the filling allows for more of the healthy tooth structure to remain intact.
As for silver-colored amalgams, they can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years and stand up well to the pressure of chewing and clenching. Despite the fact that amalgams have been shown to be safe, many people would rather not have them because the dark metal is visible and can discolor the surrounding tooth. However, amalgam fillings can be the most suitable choice, and we will discuss this with you at the time.
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