Fillings are needed when tooth decay breaches some of the protective enamel covering a tooth, establishing the feared dental “cavity.” Leaving decay alone is never recommended as it will get worse, leading to toothache and either endodontic treatment or tooth loss. New techniques in pain control and cavity preparation make this a quick and quite routine dentistry process.
Composite fillings are standard in most cases and have the benefit of matching the color of your teeth. Where composites cannot be employed, which is seldom, treating your tooth is simpler than ever with the traditional and economical amalgam filling. Finally, ionomer fillings are, like composites, a nearly invisible option that is used to repair non-chewing surfaces. Here are more details about how our Sacramento dentists apply these filling options.
Composite fillings are made of a glass or quartz compound mixed with a tooth-colored resin. The composite compound bonds to your tooth. So with composites a cavity requires less drilling. Where possible, the Marconi Dental Group applies composite fillings.
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Composite Filling (Anterior)
This video shows you how a composite filling can be used to restore a damaged front tooth to its natural strength and appearance.
Composite Filling (Posterior)
This video shows you how a composite filling restores a damaged or decayed tooth to its natural strength and appearance.
Ionomer fillings are opaque and tooth-colored, created by combining acrylics with glass powders. For patients with serious complications with tooth decay, ionomers are available that release curative fluoride over time. Some find ionomers less esthetic than composites, but for many the match is nearly identical.
Dental amalgam alloys silver, tin, copper, mercury and other metals. It is a familiar substance used in dentistry for many decades. Whenever and wherever practical, this substance is no longer employed, due to its heavy metal content and potential long-term health issues. All fillings require replacement after a certain period of time, but this is especially the case with amalgam.
Amalgam Filling (Posterior)
This video shows you how an amalgam filling, also known as a “silver” filling, restores a back tooth to its natural shape and function.
Composite Versus Amalgam Filling
This video shows you the benefits and differences between composite and amalgam fillings to repair a cavity.