Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Some dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
Amalgam vs. Composite FillingsComposite fillings provide better durability and resistance to fracture compared to amalgam fillings. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, composite fillings are "bonded" or attached with adhesive directly to the tooth surface. This often allows for a more conservative repair than traditional fillings with their inability to bond to the tooth structure. Since traditional fillings do not bond to the tooth, amalgam is packed into the tooth, and may loosen over time. Amalgam fillings often require that more tooth structure be removed to create a space that will hold the filling in place. If you have amalgam fillings, Dr. Pickens will review the durability of your fillings and may recommend replacing them with composite fillings.
The amalgam filling has been replaced with a composite filling and is now more aesthetically pleasing and durable
What Are Composite Fillings?Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium. Composite filling material is also commonly used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Where possible, aesthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns. Learn more about composite fillings.