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When a cavity–a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay–develops in your smile, our dentists, Dr. Pia Sweeney and Dr. Bruce Utterback, may recommend a dental filling. If you are debating between an amalgam and composite filling, our team at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry can provide you with the facts on each.

– Dental amalgams are created with a metallic material that is visible on your teeth. They are ideal for large cavities, especially when treating the back teeth. Composites are tooth-colored fillings that are an excellent choice for areas of tooth decay and cavities on the visible teeth in your smile.

– If you are concerned about the aesthetics of your smile, composite dental fillings may be the optimal choice because they can match the original shade of your tooth enamel. On the other hand, amalgam fillings have a metallic finish that can’t be matched to your teeth.

– If you are concerned about mercury in your smile, we may recommend a composite dental filling because, unlike amalgam, composite is free of mercury.

– When amalgam fillings become damaged or worn, they need to be completely removed and replaced with a new filling. However, composite fillings can often receive treatment without needing to be removed, providing a more conservative treatment for your smile.

For more information about amalgam versus composite dental fillings, please feel free to contact our office in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Give our team a call at 757.222.3737 today if you need to schedule an appointment.