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What Would Happen if You Didn't Fill That Cavity?

Woman at Dentist | Dental Fillings Aloha OR

Dental fillings are relatively routine when performed by our experienced Aloha dentists. We always make sure patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their procedures because we believe that dentistry can be a pain-free experience.

It’s easy to let treatment go when budgets are tight, and schedules feel overwhelming, but we want to help patients understand that dental conditions often worsen and can become painful dental emergencies. Filling a cavity is preferred to the alternative.

Decay is Not Painful

The tricky thing about dentistry is that conditions do not cause pain until they become advanced. This goes for cavities, gum disease, and damaged teeth.

When you have a small cavity, plenty of tooth layers ...

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Amalgam Fillings vs. Composite Fillings: Which Is Better?

Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Fillings | Hillsboro OR Dentist

For many years, silver amalgam was the only option available to dentists for fillings. This is no longer the case, as advances in dental technology have brought options such as tooth-colored composite and porcelain inlays into a more affordable range. Because of this, we are often asked by patients with amalgam fillings whether they should replace their fillings with other materials. Today, our Hillsboro dental office is taking a look at some of the pros and cons of both of the most popular filling materials: amalgam and composite.

Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?

Amalgam fillings contain elemental mercury. While it is true that high amounts of mercury can be harmful, even ...

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