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One of the easiest ways to repair a damaged or decayed tooth is with a dental filling. You might be surprised to find out that there are multiple types of fillings from which to choose. The one that is best for you can depend on the size of the cavity, and the location of the tooth in your mouth.

For a filling in a molar, which needs to stand up to the pressure of chewing your food, your dentist may suggest an amalgam filling. These are made of a mixture of silver and mercury. They are extremely strong and can last for ten years. Although the amount of mercury in fillings is considered safe by the FDA, many people are not comfortable with the idea of mercury in their teeth.

Gold is also very durable. In fact, it is one of the longest lasting materials you can use. However, it is very expensive. Ceramic is even more expensive than gold, but have the advantage of blending in with your other teeth. They resist staining but can be broken. If you are interested in a natural look for your fillings, you might want to ask our dentist, Dr. James Thomason about composite resin fillings. They are made from a mixture of resin and powdered glass. They are usually reserved for smaller cavities that are in teeth that are easily visible to other people.

The way to find out which filling is best for your smile, you need to make an appointment for an examination. If you live in the Rexburg, Idaho, area, you can call 208-356-3012 to schedule an appointment at North Fork Dental Care.