Different Materials Might Be Used for a Dental Filling

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Dental fillings are typically used to treat a tooth suffering from a small cavity, minor dental fracture, chipped tooth enamel or dental attrition. The treatment process often calls for removing some of the tooth enamel in the area to create a clean surface to bond the dental filling.

The specific material your dentist uses for the dental filling will be based on its location in your mouth and how visible it is in your smile.

An amalgam dental filling is durable and can be used to repair a compromised area on a molar or premolar. Since they are dark in color it makes amalgam a poor choice to repair a chip or cavity that afflicts a tooth in your smile.

A composite dental filling is composed of a special dental-grade resin that can be shaded to color match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a visible tooth.

These two dental filling materials can be applied in a single appointment. They will be bonded and hardened by a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Harvey, Louisiana, area and you have a compromised tooth, you should call 504-367-0355 today to schedule treatment with Dr. Barton Barré and the specialists at Barré Dental Care.