Composite or Amalgam Fillings
Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
Reasons for Fillings
What does a filling involve?First, Dr. Diggs will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling. He will then thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth for either the composite or amalgam (silver alloy) filling.
What are composite fillings?Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.Composite fillings are considered more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings. While amalgam fillings are packed into a tooth preparation and retained by undercuts, composite fillings are "bonded" or attached with adhesive directly to the tooth surface. This bonding of the composite filling often allows for a more conservative repair than amalgam fillings. Both composite and amalgam fillings can offer great and long lasting restorations. Dr. Diggs will be happy to discuss the best replacement options for your specific situation.
Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
Composite filling material is also commonly used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Where possible, aesthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns.
If your tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to Call Our Office so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.