Fillings

Fillings are used to treat cavities by replacing decayed material and restoring the tooth to full function. There are two main types of fillings: composite and amalgam.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are composed of a tooth-colored resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth. This makes composite fillings ideal for highly visible teeth. Composite fillings are typically used on small-to-medium cavities since they do not require as much tooth removal as an amalgam filling requires.

How composite fillings are used:

  • Treat decayed, chipped or broken teeth
  • Decrease the gap between teeth
  • Treat small to medium cavities
  • Treat cavities in the front of the mouth

The Procedure

Dr. Azalea will numb the area around the affected tooth before she removes the decayed portion. After the decayed portion is extracted, she will place a pore-opening substance on the cavity to help the filling bond to the tooth. Dr. Azalea will then affix glue to the tooth and harden the bonding substance under a special light. Lastly, she will apply the filling in layers and smooth the filling to comfortable fit your bite.

Amalgam Fillings

An amalgam filling is a silver-colored filling typically used on teeth that are less visible and more severely decayed. Since this type of filling is made from a combination of different types of metals, it usually lasts for 10-15 years. Amalgam fillings are often viewed as a more affordable alternative to composite fillings.

How amalgam fillings are used:

  • Treat decayed, chipped or broken teeth
  • Treat medium-to-large cavities
  • Treat cavities in the molars

The Procedure

First, Dr. Azalea will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and mold the surface to accommodate the filling. She will then position the amalgam on the tooth. Dr. Azalea may put a band around the tooth to help the amalgam condense during the procedure. After she adjusts the filling, the amalgam material will be buffed to comfortably fit in your mouth.

After the Procedure

The material used in amalgam fillings may cause temporary sensitivity to heat and cold. It also takes longer to harden than the composite material, so Dr. Azalea recommends that you avoid chewing around the affected area for a few hours after the procedure.

To decide which filling is right for you, consult Dr. Azalea.

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