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A filling is a way to restore a tooth, damaged by decay, back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives a patient a filling, he or she removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.

What is the difference between the various kinds of fillings?
The most common type of filling we do in our practice is a tooth-colored composite resin filling. These fillings are strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Resins are always used for fillings in anterior teeth, but with improvements in dental technology, we most often use resins for posterior teeth as well. Resins are actually bonded to the tooth and cured with a special light.

In comparison, silver amalgam fillings are not bonded, but rather "wedged" into place. Because of this, they are prone to breakdown and leakage. Also, the dark silver color is not appealing to most patients. Although amalgam fillings are considered safe, many patients prefer not to opt for this treatment because they worry about mercury. However, once the mercury is combined into the amalgam of multiple metals, it cannot be released as free mercury and is not harmful.

The aesthetic difference between the two types of restorations is significant and can make a huge change in your smile - and your confidence! It is not always necessary to replace your older, silver fillings, but it can certainly be done to enhance your smile.