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When your tooth enamel is damaged, a hole can begin to form. When the hole digs clear into the tooth’s root, it is referred to as a cavity. Luckily, there is a dental procedure to treat cavities. Stop cavities in their tracks with dental fillings.

Dental fillings can be used on all sizes of cavities. However, some fillings work better than others. For example, dental amalgams are extremely popular and effective for large cavities, but some cavities are too small for them to work effectively. In this case, an alternative such as composite fillings can do the job. Composites can also be re-patched over and over again without the need to remove the original filling should it crack or become damaged.

If you are looking for a dental filling that can mimic the look of your natural teeth, composites, also referred to as tooth-colored fillings are your best options. Although dental amalgams are effective at treating cavities, they leave behind a very noticeable metallic look. Amalgams also use mercury to bind the metals together. If you would prefer to avoid mercury, composites are guaranteed to be mercury-free.

For an oral examination at LifeSmile Dental Group at our dentist office in Portland, Oregon, please book an appointment with Dr. Thomas Hicks and our team by calling 503-644-5433. We look forward to having you as our guest soon.