A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
Our office is proud of the fact that in 1995 we decided that composite fillings done properly were superior to amalgam fillings and that no one needed more mercury in their body. Composite fillings are bonded (glued) to the remaining tooth structure thus restoring strength to the tooth. Amalgam fillings, as placed, are 50% mercury and are not bonded. Over years those fillings are prone to expansion and contraction like a thermometer. We feel that amalgam is detrimental to the strength of the tooth and the health of the patient. This is not to say that there aren't times when we need to do an amalgam, but those times are very rare.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!