Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways we preserve your health. Before placement, any decay must be drilled out. 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 are long lasting and are less likely to fall out or break. Although not as common as they used to be, amalgam fillings are still a great choice in the right situation.
Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most esthetically pleasing option. 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 drilling away of the natural tooth.