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, all decay and affected tooth material must be removed. We offer local anesthesia along with sedation 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.
Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most durable and economical option for our patients. They last up to ten or more years out. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure and can be fully administered in a single visit. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe and can offer a cost effective long term restorative solution.
Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, for a composite to be successful for the long term, conditions of the state of the remaining tooth structure need to meet certain parameters allowing the successful restoration. 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. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less removal of tooth structure and may enhance the strength of the remaining tooth. Composite material can also be used as direct, immediate placed veneer to correct inadequacies in tooth appearance.