What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a direct restoration used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth, and is often the first line of defense in a tooth that has been compromised. During this procedure, Dr. Jackson will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and begin by removing any decayed/structurally unsound portions of natural tooth. Once the tooth has been so prepared, the “filling” can begin.
What are fillings made from?
The most common materials used in fillings are dental amalgam (a mixture of silver, mercury, copper, tin and other trace metals) and composite resin (tooth-colored synthetic material). In our office we almost always opt for composite resin, matched to the shade of your natural teeth, for our fillings. This preference is due both to the natural result that can be achieved with composite and the capability of modern composite materials to last just as long as the traditional dental amalgam.