Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, any decay must be removed. 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.
Due to the development of composite systems that reduce stress to your teeth and provide a superior aesthetic result, we no longer offer amalgam fillings.
Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. Composite used to be considered weaker than amalgam but with recent developments in bonding technology we are able to obtain a bond strength that is at least 80% of the bond strength of natural dentin. 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.