After decay is removed from a tooth,
something must be placed in that space to give strength back to
Fillings: Fillings are the most common restorative procedure.
||Silver (amalgam) fillings: Silver fillings have been
used reliably for many years. Typically, silver fillings are
placed on back teeth (molars). They are an economical way of
providing a lasting restoration for most cavities.
The material is specially formulated to withstand years of chewing
White fillings: White fillings are an alternative
to silver (amalgam) fillings. White fillings are made of a
strong composite resin that is matched to the surrounding
tooth color. In the past, white fillings were placed only
on front teeth, but recently a stronger more durable material
has been developed that can withstand the chewing pressure
of back teeth.
White fillings are most commonly used for:
- Cosmetic reasons
- Patients who prefer mercury-free fillings
- Patients with sensitivity
to heat or cold - the composite resin doesn't conduct temperature
changes as fast as silver or gold.