Fillings are used to replace decay or missing tooth structure from fractures of wear. While amalgam fillings have been used for many years, our doctors prefer composite or tooth colored filling material. Composite resin materials have many benefits over "silver" or amagam fillings. Composites are similar to plastics and are free of mercury. They are bonded to your teeth for extra strength and can usually be matched to the natural color of your own teeth. Composite fillings provide a more aesthetic and natural appearance.
Fillings can also be made from porcelain and gold and are cemented into place for long lasting wear.
To place a filling, the decayed or broken portion of your tooth is removed or smoothed, leaving a small area that will be filled with composite. Next the tooth is disinfected and a bonding solution is applied and cured with a light. We then fill the prepared area and add the composite that is shaped and contoured to your existing tooth structure. A special curing light hardens the material and it is polished to match the rest of your teeth.
What's right for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.