Covid-19 Update

We are doing our part and help get everyone through the current dilemma. We will be consolidating some of our clinics but otherwise continue to provide urgent and emergency dental care. We will be donating our extra supplies to local hospitals to help them in their effort to better care for those affected.

To also help, we are now expanding our hours in some of our clinics from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  We hope these extended hours will not only better serve our patients but will help keep dental emergencies from overloading value space in emergency rooms.
Salem Dental
Dr. Seth Huish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

How can we help you?

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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