If you do not maintain optimum oral hygiene, you are at an increased risk for tooth decay. This is because the bacteria not only grow on the teeth but also on your tongue and cheeks. Over time, the acidic discharges produced by them erode the enamel and decay the underlying dentin.
Silver fillings are actually made up of several components. The silver amalgam itself consists of silver, tin, mercury, and copper. Amalgam is mixed with other materials such as silica, zinc, and palladium. The silver filling bonds with the tooth and helps prevent further decay. They are also ideal for use in the back of the mouth where biting pressure isn’t applied.
Tooth-colored fillings use a composite resin that looks and behaves like real tooth enamel. These fillings also bond to the tooth, providing structural support. Composite resin can be tinted to match the color of your teeth. Since a filling is bonded to the tooth, it won’t fall out like traditional metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings also preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure than metal fillings, which tend to be very large.
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are restorations that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. These restorations are molded and placed in one appointment. After your tooth is prepped, we will remove the damaged or decaying portion of your tooth. We will then fill the tooth with a composite resin.
Porcelain fillings are a durable, natural-looking alternative to metal fillings. These types of fillings can be used to restore teeth that have experienced decay or trauma. Porcelain fillings can be used to restore teeth that have sustained damage from dental decay or injuries. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth for the filling.
Glass ionomer fillings are tooth-colored fillings made of glass powder and liquid resin that chemically bond to your tooth. They are primarily used on the front teeth where appearance is important. Glass ionomer fillings are ideal for patients that are prone to grinding their teeth. Since they do not expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, they help prevent fracture.