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Dental Fillings: The Two Treatments Available for Restoring Your Smile

If you have a dental cavity, it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible. If you visit Dr. Nathan Owens when your cavity is small or modest in size, he should be able to treat the cavity and repair the tooth with a dental filling. Depending on the tooth’s location in your mouth, your dentist will use either a composite or amalgam filling.

Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that can repair your smile all while maintaining its beauty. These fillings are made from ceramic, resin, and plastic and they are generally used for the teeth that are visible in your smile. However, you can still use these fillings to repair teeth in the back of your mouth. Because of recent improvements in the dental industry, the fillings are now strong enough to withstand heavy chewing forces.

Amalgam fillings are made of compounds like mercury, copper, tin, and silver. Because amalgam is dark in color, these fillings are typically used for the back teeth. Mercury is a strong substance that makes amalgam fillings hard and durable. It can withstand pressure and force, and it typically lasts for many years. This makes it an especially good option for back molars.

As you can see, dental fillings can repair your smile and restore your oral health if you call Owens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (931) 277-4666 at your earliest convenience. When you call our office, our dental team will be happy to talk with you and help you schedule an appointment that works with your schedule. We look forward to treating your decayed tooth with a dental filling in Pulaski, Tennessee!

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