Fillings are a fantastic option to restore teeth that have been subjected to decay or chipping. We offer both composite and amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that look more natural. Amalgam fillings are silver fillings that may sometimes be a better alternative than a composite filling. The type of filling you receive will depend on what will best protect the integrity of the tooth in the future. Occasionally, a filling may fall out or cause issues such as increased sensitivity. Our DentFirst dentists are able to repair or replace existing fillings.
Fillings are the solution for repairing decay in a tooth. A small cavity can quickly turn into decay that can cause pain or discoloration. If this happens, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the exposed area with composite or “tooth-colored” resin. Many people prefer composite fillings because they do not change the appearance or color of the tooth unlike amalgam or silver fillings.
Amalgam fillings have been the tried and true option for fillings before composite. Silver fillings are comprised of different types of metal and a small amount of mercury. Since most people prefer the cosmetic appearance of composite fillings, amalgam isn’t used as often as it once was. However, sometimes, amalgam may be the only option because it is less expensive than composite fillings and may last longer. It is important to discuss with your dentist what type of filling will best suit your individual needs.
If you would like to learn more about fillings, please schedule an appointment with us today by calling the office nearest you!