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Atop your teeth is a thin protective film known as your tooth enamel. If your tooth enamel is eroded so deeply that a hole forms in the tooth, this is called a cavity. Dental fillings are treatments used in dentistry to restore teeth that have suffered tooth enamel loss to the point that a cavity has formed.

If cavities do arise, a dental filling is required to prevent further decay or tooth loss. Dental fillings often exist in two distinct forms, dental amalgams and tooth-colored composites. Amalgams tend to function better on larger cavities but leave behind a metallic look. Even though composites fillings are not as durable on large cavities, they can match the color of your teeth for a seamless blend and aesthetic charm.

Dental fillings often fail to work effectively on teeth that are too broken up for the filling to hold the tooth together. Fortunately, a treatment such as a dental crown can also be used to bind together and hold the filling and bits of tooth together.

No matter the dental filling you desire, Drs. Timothy Collier and our team at Dental Associates of Manchester are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Manchester, Iowa, please contact us at 563-927-4746 to speak with a member of our team. A happy smile is a healthy smile!