Composite Filling (Cavity Between Teeth)
Composite filling (Front Surface of Tooth)
Composite Versus Silver Amalgam Filling
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Fillings restore a tooth to proper form and function after decayed (diseased) tooth structure has been removed to treat a cavity. In technical dental jargon a cavity is Dental Caries or a Carious Lesion, and a filling is a Restoration.
White fillings are composite resin, sort of like epoxy with glass filler particles mixed in. Composite resin can be bonded to tooth structure and matched to the color of the tooth. Generally composite resin will not last as long as ceramic or metal but in the right situation it can be a good choice. It is a safe and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Silver Fillings, Sometimes referred to as Silver Amalgam or just Amalgam, are a mixture of metals to form a stable metal alloy. Silver Amalgam has been used in dentistry for a very long time. Technological and scientific progress has brought improved versions to market over the years but still, it is the most studied and time proven material we can use. It is safe, effective, long lasting, and affordable.
Sealants, sometimes referred to as Pit & Fissure Sealants, are a preventative procedure. Composite resin is flowed into and bonded to the developmental pits and groves in the chewing surface of back teeth. The resin fills up these deep narrow spaces that are difficult to clean and blocks bacteria from getting into them to begin a cavity.