Fillings

The days of silver- mercury fillings are history. Modern solutions are not only stronger and last longer, they are also more attractive. Composite restorations are tooth colored fillings and are virtually undetectable in the smile. We work with a variety of materials to achieve the best aesthetic result possible. 

Background

When a cavity is discovered, the dentist must remove the decayed part of the tooth.  The dentist will then insert a filling into the area of the tooth that has been removed.   Fillings are also necessary for cracked or broken teeth as well as teeth that are worn down by grinding.

Types of Fillings

There are five types of fillings offered by Dentistry for Life

1.Cast Gold (durable, doesn’t corrode)
2. Silver (traditional)
3. Tooth-colored composites (looks natural)
4. Ceramic (resists staining)
5. Glass ionomer (releases fluoride)

There is not a best type of filling for everyone.  The staff at Dentistry for Life will review the options with each patient.  They will discuss the patient’s preferences, lifestyle, and oral health before recommending the best filling material and process.