After decay is removed from a tooth, something must be placed in that space to give strength
back to the tooth. Fillings
are the most common restorative procedure. Fillings can be silver or white.
(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 pressure.
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
- Patients with sensitivity to heat or cold - the composite resin doesn't conduct temperature changes