Fillings repair and restore the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or normal wear. A dental filling strengthens the tooth. If tooth decay is not repaired, in its early stages, it will worsen and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary and very costly. There are two kinds of fillings amalgams and composites.
Composite resin fillings can be used to restore the damage from decay. They provide good durability and resistance to fractures in small to midsize cavities. It’s the treatment of choice for many patients. Composite fillings are selected in shades that match the color of your enamel and bonded to your teeth. It generally costs more to place a composite filling than an amalgam filling because it takes longer. Insurance plans sometimes do not cover composite fees. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
Silver or amalgam fillings are no longer the treatment of choice for many patients. Amalgam fillings will be done upon request.