Different Types of Fillings
If you have a cavity, our dentist in North Hollywood may offer you several options for dental fillings. Fillings are materials that are used to restore your tooth’s function and strength after the decayed portion of tooth has been removed. Tooth colored fillings and amalgam fillings are the two most commonly used dental fillings in use today.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are often used in areas that are visible in a smile, but they can be used anywhere in the mouth for a subtle, natural-looking restoration. They are made of a composite resin material that is placed in the tooth after it has been prepared. Our dentist will then cure the filling, which hardens it immediately, and polish it to match your other teeth. Tooth colored fillings are extremely durable, but because they can take longer to place, they may cost slightly more than amalgam fillings.
Amalgam, or silver, fillings tend to be used in molars, or the teeth that are not visible in a smile. They can withstand powerful bite forces and last many years. Although amalgam fillings are extremely strong and long lasting, many people dislike their noticeable dark coloring. Because amalgam fillings do not bond directly with the tooth, they require retention grooves, which require more tooth structure be removed when the filling is placed.
Each type of filling has its own benefits and drawbacks. Our North Hollywood dental fillings specialist can help you determine the best type of filling for your unique situation. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
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