If your tooth structure has been damaged due to decay or fracture, your dentist may recommend a filling. Composite fillings and amalgam fillings are the two most common filling types.
Composite fillings are white fillings designed to match your natural tooth color. These fillings are bonded to your tooth and can allow for more conservative removal of tooth structure.
Amalgam fillings are the traditional silver fillings. These fillings are more useful in certain areas of the mouth where strength is necessary and the filling is less likely to be seen.
Dentists often disagree over which filling material is indicated for a particular tooth. We often recommend that larger fillings be done with amalgam. Smaller fillings can usually be done with either amalgam or composite, depending on patient desires.
Depending on how many fillings are to be completed, one or two appointments may be required. During the appointment(s), the dentist will numb your tooth unless you request otherwise. The dentist then removes decay and prepares your tooth for the filling. Filling material placement varies depending on the type of filling selected.
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