Salem Dental
Dr. Seth Huish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Are you researching a family or cosmetic dentist in Salem, OR to look after your smile? With the many dentists available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. We are honored that you are considering Salem Dental for your family’s dentistry. 

We want you to feel confident in your choice of Salem Dental. Please look over our frequently asked questions below and if you still have questions, please give us a call. We are always happy to help.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you've had a metal filling in the past, you know how unsightly they can be for your smile! Today's material of choice for dental fillings in Salem is tooth-colored composite resin, which is a mixture of glass and plastic particles that can be customized to match your tooth seamlessly. 

However, tooth-colored fillings offer more benefits than just aesthetics. Unlike metal amalgam, composite material is bonded directly to your tooth, which provides durability. It also means that Dr. Huish doesn't have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure for placement. It is always our goal to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

The natural properties of metal cause it to expand and contract with temperature changes, which means that over time, your metal filling eventually pulls away from your tooth. This allows bacteria back inside your tooth and causes a breakdown. Composite resin is not temperature sensitive, and it won't pull away from your tooth and leave it susceptible to tooth decay.

If you need to restore a cavity, don't delay calling Salem Dental. Tooth decay that is left untreated can progress further into your tooth and cause more significant problems like a tooth infection.

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Covid-19 Update

Governor Kate Brown issued non-essential closure of businesses; dentistry is considered essential and we are open. If you have urgent needs or are not sure if something is classified as urgent, please do not hesitate to call us. We are answering phones, answering questions and treating patients. Doctor Huish is available for you when times are good or bad. If you call after hours, press 5 on the phone system and it will contact him directly on his cell phone. He wants to share the message that if a tooth goes untreated, it may progress into a bigger problem. Our goal is to prevent dental emergencies and keep you out of hospitals/emergency rooms. Please be cautious and stay healthy.

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