Maine Family Dental Practice
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Travis Buxton, DDS

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Fillings

How can we help you?

At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers. 

If you have any further questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact our office at (207) 947-1166! 


dental exam bangor me | amalgam fillingsIn recent years there has been some controversy about the safety of the mercury used in dental fillings. But we can assure you that amalgam fillings are not only safe, they are very strong and durable.

Facts on silver fillings

Amalgam fillings – also referred to as silver fillings – have been safely and effectively used for over 100 years. In spite of the controversy, several public health agencies like The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA have confirmed the safety of amalgam for dental fillings.

One of the reasons that amalgam fillings are so widely used is that they form a very stable repair for teeth that withstand a lot of wear, like molars. However, since aesthetics are important, at Maine Family Dental we use tooth-colored fillings for teeth that are noticeable when you smile. But we will talk to you about the benefits of both amalgam and tooth-colored fillings so you can choose which best fits your lifestyle and budget.

How you can avoid dental fillings

Filling teeth is an essential service that we provide to keep your teeth functional and healthy. The best way to avoid cavities and the need for fillings is to follow a regular routine of dental exams and cleanings. By monitoring your oral health, we can stay one step ahead of problems and treat them before they become serious and costly to fix.

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If you have a cavity in a tooth that shows when you smile, Dr. Buxton would recommend filling the tooth with a material that looks very close in appearance to natural dental enamel.

Natural Colored Fillingswoman smiling with her hand on her chin wearing a hat

You may hear these types of fillings referred to as dental composites, composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings. This material looks natural because it is a blend of glass and resin particles that reflect light similarly to tooth enamel. Dr. Buxton further customizes your tooth filling to match the shade of surrounding teeth.

The way we bond the material to your tooth, combined with its natural appearance, results in a filling that blends seamlessly with your smile. Tooth-colored dental fillings placed at our Bangor, ME dental office are durable and can last between five and seven years.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bangor ME

Since composite dental fillings enhance your smile, we can also use the material to correct minor cosmetic flaws like chipped or broken teeth, uneven gaps, and spaces between teeth, and more.

If you have a cavity and need a dental filling placed at our Bangor dental office, please call to arrange an appointment with Dr. Buxton. You can be confident that we will provide you with results that look so natural even you may not be able to detect it!

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The safety and health of our Patients and Team are too important for us to remain open during this time. Effective today, our office is postponing all appointments until further notice for non-essential dental treatment based on the recommendations from the American Dental Association. We will continue to see patients with dental emergencies so please call our office today if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Please click here for more info! Thank you so much for your understanding and please be safe!