Salem Dental
Dr. Seth Huish

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings over metal 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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