A filling is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. During the filling procedure, Dr. Roberts will clean out the decayed portion of the tooth and replace it with a filling material.
There are two types of filling materials that we use here in our office: amalgam (silver) fillings and composite (tooth colored) fillings.
Which type of filling is best?
Several factors determine what type of filling will be best for you:
- Amount of tooth structure remaining
If the cavity is small or shallow, composite fillings are typically used. In contrast, amalgam is better suited for large fillings because of its durability. If decay has damaged a significant part of your tooth, a crown may be recommended to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. If the decay as reached the nerve of your tooth, it will need to be treated with root canal therapy.
- Where the filling is located
Composite fillings can be matched to the same color as your tooth, thus are ideal for fillings on front teeth and other teeth that show when you talk or smile.
Amalgam fillings are typically more resistant to wear and last longer than composite fillings. Composite fillings can chip and wear over time.
Amalgam fillings are typically less expensive than composite fillings.
Before Dr. Roberts places your filling, she will discuss your options with you and help choose the best filling material for your particular case.