Tooth Colored Fillings
A composite or tooth colored filling can be used to repair a tooth that has decay or fractures. Since composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth and are a more esthetic option. Composite fillings are extremely durable and will last many years.
Alternative Restoration Materials
We can choose from several different materials when your teeth need a restoration. These materials include, amalgam, composite resin, gold, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal. Amalgam is strong, durable and quick. Composite resin is a mixture of plastic resin and microscopic particles that are bonded to the tooth so it requires less removal of the tooth during filling procedures than amalgam. We can also match the color of composite resin to your teeth. Gold is strong and durable and often used for crowns in patient’s that have a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth together. It is gentle on the opposing teeth. Porcelain is also a strong material used to create crowns; this material can be colored to match the shade of your natural teeth.
Diagnosing a Failing Amalgam Filling
A common misconception is that an amalgam filling will last forever. We consider a filling to be failing when it no longer seals out bacteria. This will result in eventual cracking or a cavity forming under the filling. Fillings have to withstand an incredible amount of biting force. Over time they become worn, shrink, crack and the edges wear away. When a filling fails, we perform a thorough examination and present options for replacement. We then decide together which restorative material is the best long term option for you. This ensures that you will have healthy teeth and a happy smile.