A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the space with a filling material. There are a variety of filling materials available including amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
- Amalgam (silver) fillings: these fillings are very tolerant to wear. They are sometimes recommended for back teeth (molars). Due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in front teeth.
- Composite (plastic) resins: these fillings are made to match the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance.
- Porcelain fillings: these fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom made in our lab. They are then bonded to the tooth. Similar to composite resins, they are made to match the color of your natural teeth. These porcelain fillings resist staining and have a longer lifespan than composite resins or amalgams.