Fillings, otherwise known as dental restorations, are 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 the filling itself is placed any decay, must be removed. We offer local anesthesia to numb or freeze your tooth along with laughing gas sedation (for those extremely anxious patients) to ensure maximum comfort. There are two main types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin (white fillings).
Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most economical option for our patients. They are a great option for patients who may experience a higher rate of decay or when the structural integrity of your tooth is severely compromised. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings have been proven to be perfectly safe.
The color of a composite resin fillings can be customized to match your natural teeth. It is an aesthetically pleasing option. However, it is slightly more expensive than an amalgam filling. 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. These filling materials have come along so far in terms of strength that we now commonly use them to fill most teeth, including molars.