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Did you know that dental fillings come in all varieties and different substances are often used for different cavity sizes? This is due to the fact that some filling treatments are more effective for different sizes than others are. Listed below are key facts about dental fillings:

– If a dental amalgam fails, it will need to be removed and replaced. If a composite filling is damaged, it can be repaired or replaced without removing the filling.

– If you are seeking out a dental filling that blends in with the natural color of your teeth, composites are a better choice than amalgams as amalgams leave a metallic finish compared to composites, which can be shaded to better match your expected tooth color.

– If you are interested in a mercury-free dental filling, avoid dental amalgams and go with composite options instead.

– Dental amalgams are metallic dental fillings that are often best used for large and oversized cavities. Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are often best used for smaller cavities.

For more dental filling advice and help from our team at Daniel Richards, DMD, come in for a visit. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Daniel Richards, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. We can be reached at (205) 823-6300. We would love to bring you in for an oral exam and make teeth and gums as good as new!