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The outer layer of our teeth is a thin protective casing known as tooth enamel. If your tooth enamel is eroded so deeply that a hole forms in the tooth, this hole is known as a cavity. Dental fillings restore teeth that have suffered cavity-level enamel loss. A dentist can patch up holes in your teeth with dental fillings. There are different kinds of fillings available, such as dental amalgams and composites. Your dentist will help you make the best decision for your situation.

Dental amalgams are metallic, shiny-looking fillings that are extremely durable and effective. If you need a large filling, they tend to work the best. They have a proven track record over a century long, and are even more precise and effective today than in past years. They are a great option for tooth fillings because of their durability.

Dental composites are fillings that can mimic the look of your teeth. With a composite, your open smile will remain unaffected, as the filling blends well with its surroundings. A composite filling is metal free, and does not contain mercury. Additionally, composite fillings can be fixed and repaired many times over, if needed, without the need of having to remove the original filling. Dental amalgams require the removal of the original filling in order for any repairs to be made.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Jim Heck and our team at White River Dental for an oral examination, please call 317-881-4726 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Greenwood, Indiana. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.