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Fillings

Dental restorations, or fillings, need to withstand powerful forces that result from chewing foods.  Our practice is proud to offer modern, esthetic (white) filling materials, as well as traditional amalgam (silver) restorations.

Modern dental fillings include a mixture of glass and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, as well as on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay. 

New techonology allows placement of many fillings without the need for tooth numbing (local anesthesia).  Please inquire with one of our knowledgeable team members for more information.

Sometimes, a tooth defect or decayed area is too large to reliably place a filling.  In these cases, a crown may be recommended.  At our practice, white crowns are used on front teeth. 

What's right for your child?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:

  • The components used in the filling material
  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Where and how the filling is placed
  • The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
  • The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth

Before your child's treatment begins, your doctor will discuss the best restorative option for your child's case. 

  • Direct fillings are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include composite resin fillings (white), glass ionomers (white), and amalgam fillings (silver). The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling and adjusts it in just one appointment.  The illustration below shows the difference in the appearance of amalgam fillings (top) and composite resin (bottom):

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