The most common dental fillings include silver amalgam or composite resin. Our patients tend to prefer composite resin because it is a tooth-colored material that blends better with their smile compared with silver.
Amalgam fillings may consist of mercury, copper, zinc, tin, and silver. Amalgam fillings are durable, but they may not be ideal in the smile line.
Composite resin dental fillings are made from plastic and resin materials, and the composite is set or bonded to the tooth with a special light. These filings are also durable, and they are more aesthetically pleasing when smiling or laughing.
For our patients looking to avoid cavities altogether, it’s essential to follow a few preventive measures:
- Brush and floss at least twice per day.
- Visit your dentist at least twice each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
- Talk to your dentist if you grind and clench your teeth.
- Cut back on sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
The American Dental Association has found that following these tips lowers your risks for cavities and periodontal disease.
Schedule Your Routine Dental Checkup in Phinney Ridge
Remember, it’s important not to skip your twice-yearly dental visits and teeth cleanings! Contact our team at Phinney Ridge Dental to schedule or if you have any questions about our dentistry.