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In terms of oral health care, one of the biggest risks to your smile occurs due to dental erosion and cavities. If dental erosion slowly wears away your enamel, it will eventually cause a cavity to form in a tooth. This is because harmful acids in your mouth can slowly wear down your tooth enamel until a hole known as a cavity is present. To effectively treat a cavity, you need to remove the decayed material to fill it in with a reliable tooth restoration treatment such as a dental filling. Composite dental fillings are designed to effectively fit in your mouth as needed and fill in any gaps that may be present.

A well-known benefit of composite dental fillings is their ability to blend in seamlessly with your smile. They are tooth-colored in appearance and can match the natural color shades of your teeth, whereas dental amalgams are metallic in appearance and will leave behind a shiny exterior that is quite noticeable. In some cases, composite fillings can go on and be completely unnoticeable to the untrained eye. If you have a composite filling in place, it can be color-matched to your teeth as best as possible.

Composites can even be used in situations when extremely small cavities exist and can be repaired many times over without ever having to remove the original filling. In extreme situations where you are at risk for extensive tooth fractures, composites tend to be looked at as the better choice. If that wasn’t enough, composite fillings are also mercury-free and a good option for individuals who may be allergic to the metal.

Do you feel confident in your knowledge about composite fillings? With composite fillings from Alaska Smile Center, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need. If you wish to schedule an appointment to visit us at our dental office in Kodiak, Alaska, Dr. Joel Wiersum and our team can be reached by calling us at 907-486-3475.