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There is a thin protective layer on the outside of our teeth called the tooth enamel. If your tooth enamel is eroded so deeply that a hole forms in the tooth, you have a cavity. Dental fillings do exactly what it sounds like they do–fill cavities.  This helps prevent further damage to your teeth.  There are different kinds of fillings available: dental amalgams and composites. Your dentist will help you make the best decision for your situation. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the options available.

Dental amalgams are metallic, shiny-looking fillings that are extremely durable and effective. If you need a large filling, they tend to work the best. They use a blend of metals with a little mercury to provide the filling material for the tooth. They have been used and improved for over a century, and the method is even more precise today than in past years. Amalgams are a great option for tooth fillings because of their durability, though some prefer the natural look of dental composites.

Dental composites are fillings that can mimic the look of your teeth. With a composite, your open smile will remain unaffected, as the filling blends well with its surroundings. A composite filling is metal free, and does not contain mercury. Additionally, composite fillings can be fixed and repaired many times over, if needed, without the need of having to remove the original filling. Dental amalgams require the removal of the original filling in order for any repairs to be made, though this is uncommon due to the amalgam’s durability.  

If you would like to meet with Dr. Kevin Solis and our team at Solis Dental Group for an oral examination, please call 309-764-4944 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Moline, Illinois. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.