A tooth filling is a type of dental restoration which repairs damage caused by tooth decay and prolongs the life of the tooth. Fillings are a very common dental procedure – as many as 80% of adults end up with at least one filling during their lifetimes, and most people have several.
Toothache is a common sign that you have a dental cavity that needs a filling. You may also notice a hole in your tooth, see discoloration, or experience sensitivity to hot or cold.
We use two different types of filling material in our office. Both serve the purpose of repairing a decayed or broken tooth. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Dr. Patel will discuss these options and decide which is best for you.
Amalgam is a silver colored filling, made from mercury and two other metals usually tin or copper. Some of the advantages of silver fillings are low cost, strength and durability.
Composite is a tooth colored resin material that is bonded to the tooth. Advantages of composites are minimal tooth preparation, strength, and esthetics.