Dental fillings restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal shape and function, and are a vital aspect of your overall oral health.
If you have a tooth that requires a filling, our knowledgeable Grand Rapids dentists will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area and then fill the cavity with a filling material. This filling will help to prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter and cause harm to the tooth.
Amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Dental amalgam fillings are also known as silver fillings because of their silver-like appearance. Amalgam fillings are strong and long-lasting, so they are less likely to break than other types of fillings. A dental amalgam is also the least expensive form of filling material.
Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fractures in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure, with materials created from a mixture of glass and quartz filler.
The primary benefit to using composite tooth-colored fillingsis that less tooth structure is removed during preparation, resulting in a smaller filling. In addition, these fillings can be bonded or adhered to a cavity for a more conservative repair.
Esthetically, composite tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred over Amalgum fillings. Composite fillings are custom-made to the exact color of your teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While these white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they may chip or wear over time and can become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco products.