A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if a tooth has been damaged by decay (for example, if it has a cavity) or suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function, and return your smile to good health.
Amalgam fillings are an alloy of several different metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper. This alloys is an excellent and versatile material, and has been used in dentistry for over 150 years due to its strength, durability, ease of application and low cost. It is safe for use, and in some cases may even be a better option than tooth-colored filling material. Amalgam fillings are often recommended when:
Amalgam fillings also harden quickly, making them highly useful in areas that are difficult to keep dry during the placement of the filling. It is also a great option for children and patients with special needs who may have a difficult time staying still.
The process for placing a dental filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of the tooth, then clean it to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the area with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened by our dentist for a lasting restoration.
If one of your teeth 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 schedule your next appointment with our dentist and team. We look forward to caring for your smile!