There are different types of fillings used in dentistry: amalgam (silver) fillings, composite (plastic, white) fillings, and porcelain fillings. A filling is a way to fix a tooth damaged by a cavity. The dentist first removes the cavity, cleans the infected area, and then fills the space with the filling material. The dentist will determine which material is best suited to fill the space. You may absolutely request a certain filling material to be used as well. The different filling materials are described below:
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Our office no longer places amalgam fillings. Biological removal of amalgam fillings are available by request.
Composite (Plastic) Fillings
These fillings are made in several color shades, allowing the dentist to fill the space with a shade that matches the patient’s tooth perfectly.
These fillings are called inlays or onlays, and are custom-made in our very own lab. They are then bonded to the tooth, match the color of your natural teeth, resist staining, and have a longer lifespan than composite or amalgam fillings.