Tooth Fillings in Columbia South Carolina

What is a Tooth Filling?

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.

Do I Need a Tooth Filling?

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.

Common Types of Tooth Fillings

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.

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.

is a tooth colored resin material that is bonded to the tooth. Advantages of composites are minimal tooth preparation, strength, and esthetics.

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