Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, any rot must be drilled out. We offer local anesthesia along with sedation to ensure maximum comfort for our patients. There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth.
Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, it is not as strong as the amalgam filling once was. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less drilling away of the natural tooth. Most cavities can be removed without any numbing! Making the patient experience all the more pleasant.
What is a silver filling?
Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings were the most durable and economical option for our patients. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings could withstand biting pressure. After the further studies, most dentists do not offer Amalgam fillings any longer. Due to the mercury content, most patients were not comfortable with the material. If you have a silver filling in your mouth, with no allergy to mercury, this material should not harm you. Removing them or crowning your teeth are always an option after a consultation with Dr. Mora.