Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, any decay and decayed tooth structure must be removed. We administer local anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort for our patients. There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth.
Composite resins are the most esthetically pleasing filling material of choice because the color can be matched to same color as the tooth/teeth. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. As technology improves, resin materials are the usual filling material of choice today as their strength to withstand biting and chewing forces is excellent while maintaining esthetics.
Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are less commonly used today, but are still an excellent option. In certain situations the silver filling may be best when a back tooth cannot be isolated and kept dry for proper bonding of a resin material. They last up to ten years and are less likely to fall out or break. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe for anyone as the level of mercury is very low/non detectable. If you have any concerns or questions about the use of the amalgam fillings please feel free to address it with our dentist.