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Ideally, we would avoid cavities altogether, if our wish was to have a smile without the unsightly traditional fillings. But few things ever go according to plan, that's why pencils have erasers after all. Cosmetic fillings virtually erase the fact that you had a cavity that needed work, and you'll be surprised with the results. If you would like to learn more about these fillings contact Dr. Herman Salzberg in Palatine, IL.

Cavities Happen

Cavities form on our teeth because of the bacteria that linger on them in the form of plaque and tartar. They expel acids that damage our protective enamel as they feast on the sugars we consume.

Plaque is the sticky film that clings to teeth every day, it's why dentists recommend daily brushing and flossing to remove as much of it as possible. But however diligent we are there is usually some plaque left over, and this is even more likely if we suffer from spacing problems in our smile. Plaque can also harden into tartar thanks to the minerals in our saliva, making it much more difficult to remove.

Thus, brushing and flossing are great first steps in preventing cavities, but regular checkups and cleanings are just as important. So that even if we do develop a cavity, it can be caught in time and filled before it becomes a much bigger problem.

Types of Fillings

Amalgam fillings have been and will continue to be an excellent option for anyone in need of a filling. Though silver in color they are actually made of an alloy made up of mercury, tin, copper, and of course silver. The metals mixed with mercury make it safe and stable.

Though amalgam is a very durable, and cost-effective, material for a filling, they have as a downside their very visible silver appearance.

Cosmetic fillings, on the other hand, are tooth-colored and not easily noticeable, even under close inspection. These are made of a composite resin which is a mixture of plastic and glass. It's the same material your dentist may use to repair teeth that have been chipped or are worn down.

These filings are strong, and with modern materials, they will last almost as long as their amalgam counterparts.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Palatine, IL

You want a healthy smile that looks the part, so whether it's treatment, or even just prevention, don't forget to visit your dentist. Make an appointment today with Dr. Salzberg in Palatine, IL, by dialing 847-359-6766.