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Do you have the feeling that a cavity has begun to take hold in your mouth? Often, cavities form before we can feel their effects, thus making it too late to prevent them from occurring. However, with dental fillings such as dental composites and dental amalgams, cavities can be treated. Listed below are some of the benefits of dental fillings:

– For large cavities, dental amalgams tend to work best. For smaller cavities, dental composites can work wonders.
– If you are looking for a natural-looking filling, composites are the better choice. Dental composites can be color-matched to your teeth for a more natural look. Dental amalgams are a combination of metals that work effectively but keep their distinctive shiny metallic look.
– If a dental filling becomes damaged it may need to be restored or replaced. Amalgams will need to be removed and reapplied if damaged. With composites, the original filling can be repaired many times over.
– Mercury is used to bind the metals together in dental amalgams. Due to its controversial nature, some would prefer to forgo the use of mercury, and instead, go with dental composites for their fillings. Dental composites are mercury-free.

The decision between an amalgam or composite is often minor compared to the true goal of fixing cavities. To learn more about which service you would prefer for treating your cavities, contact Durango Dentistry at 970.259.1646. Come visit Dr. Mann, Dr. Owens, and our team at our dentist office in Durango, Colorado by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. Let us help you find your healthy smile.