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Dental fillings can save your smile. If tooth decay has eroded your enamel, a hole may have appeared in one of your teeth called a cavity. In order to prevent infection and tooth loss, the cavity must be mended with a dental filling – either a dental amalgam or tooth-colored compound. Here are some facts about the two main types of dental fillings:

– Dental amalgams are a combination of metals that leave a distinct metallic shine. Composite fillings are a combination of clearer ingredients that leave a tooth-colored shine.
– The bigger a cavity is, the more likelihood there is of requiring a dental amalgam. Composite fillings tend to work best only for small to medium-sized cavities.
– Only dental amalgams require removal when replacing them. New composite fillings can be coated directly over the originals.
– If you are allergic to mercury, avoid dental amalgams, as mercury is used as a binding agent.

No matter the dental filling treatment you desire, Dr. Clayton M. Hansen and our team at American Fork Family Dentist are here to offer you the smile you want. Do you want to schedule an appointment to come see us at American Fork Family Dentist in American Fork, Utah? Just call us at 801-756-2809 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to improving your smile!