What do dentists use for filling cavities?

Dentists typically use a variety of materials to fill cavities and restore teeth. These materials, such as amalgam, composite resin, and glass ionomer, can be chosen depending on the individual case. Amalgam is a silver-colored metal alloy that has been used for many years to treat cavities. It is very strong and durable, and it can last for many years in the mouth with proper care. However, due to safety issues, this material is not used at Stanley Dentistry. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is used to fill cavities and restore the shape of teeth. It bonds directly to the tooth, making it an ideal choice for cosmetic dental treatments. Glass ionomer is a special type of cement that releases fluoride, which can help to protect the teeth from decay. It is often used to fill cavities in children and can be matched to the color of their natural teeth.

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