Amalgam & Composite Dental Fillings in Jonesboro, AR

No one wants to hear that they have a cavity, but should tooth decay be identified in one or more teeth, it’s important to seek prompt treatment. Jonesboro Dental Care provides both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay. Contact our office today to learn more about our restorative services and schedule your next visit.

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Amalgam vs. Composite Dental Fillings

Amalgam and composite are two common types of dental fillings. Amalgam fillings, made from a mixture of metals, are durable and long-lasting. They are more noticeable due to their silver color, making them less ideal for visible teeth. Composite fillings, made from a resin material, are tooth-colored and blend seamlessly with natural teeth, offering a more aesthetic option. However, they are slightly less durable and can be more expensive. The choice between amalgam and composite depends on the tooth’s location, the patient’s preference, and what our team recommends.

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When are dental fillings necessary?

Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has a cavity caused by decay, is chipped, or has worn down from use. Fillings restore the tooth’s shape and function, preventing further decay and damage. Our team will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area with a filling material. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from habits such as nail-biting or teeth grinding. Regular dental check-ups help detect these issues early, ensuring timely treatment with fillings.

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How long do dental fillings last?

The lifespan of dental fillings varies depending on the material used and the care taken by the patient. Amalgam fillings can last 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer with proper care. Composite fillings typically last up to 10 years, although advances in materials are extending their durability. Factors such as oral hygiene, diet, and the location and size of the filling also impact longevity. Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the condition of fillings and addressing any issues early to prolong their effectiveness and prevent further dental problems.

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