Do you have a tooth that has a cavity that needs to be treated? If so, you will want to come to our dental practice, James C. Blankenhorn DMD, where our expert dentist will be able to treat your cavity with a choice of dental fillings. If you are looking for an exceptional Bowers dentist, who can provide you with top-notch general dentistry care, make an appointment to come to our dental practice for cavity treatment.
At our practice, our expert and highly trained dentist is Dr. James C. Blankenhorn. Dr. Blankenhorn is pleased to be able to give patients a choice when they have a cavity that needs to be filled. At our dental office, cavities can be filled with either tooth-colored composite fillings or traditional silver amalgam fillings. Each of these fillings has its own benefits, and oftentimes one type of treatment will be better than the other. Our dentist will make his recommendations for the best filling type which is generally based on the size and location of the cavity. Our Bowers dentist will be happy to discuss with you the different options and let you know why one will work better than another in your particular case. Silver amalgam fillings are much stronger than composite fillings. They are generally used when there are cavities on the flat chewing surfaces of the back molars. Silver amalgam fillings are also helpful when teeth will be exposed to vigorous chewing forces. However, on the down side, silver amalgam fillings are not very aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, in order to install a silver amalgam filling, out dentist generally needs to remove more tooth enamel then with composite fillings.
On the other hand, tooth-colored composite fillings are much more aesthetically pleasing. In fact, when used they can barely be detected, if it all. For this reason, tooth-color fillings are very popular on the front teeth or on teeth that will show when you smile or speak. The problem with tooth-colored amalgam fillings is that they are not as strong as traditional silver fillings. Also, tooth-colored fillings may need to be replaced more frequently, and can even break more easily. However, tooth-colored fillings will actually bond to the tooth, so in this way they will actually serve to strengthen the tooth. For an appointment to see our Bowers dentist for cavity treatment, contact us today.