Dental fillings are one of the most common types of restorative treatments used to improve the appearance and functionality of teeth affected by damage or decay. While our ultimate goal at Complete Health Dentistry of Portland is to prevent the need for fillings in the first place, when it does happen, there are options.
The filling materials, which can be made from several different substances, help to even out the tooth surface for more efficient biting and chewing. These restorations can last for many years, and help keep the tooth looking and functioning at its best.
Composite fillings are made of a glass or quartz filler within a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored material. Also known as filled resins, composites are often used in small to mid-size restorations, as they provide strength, durability, and resistance to fracture. In addition, the shade of composite fillings is made to closely match the patient’s actual teeth so the signs of dental work are hidden.
Silver amalgam fillings are time-tested, durable choice with many advantages as well including the ability to self-seal and improve fit over time as well as containing the anti-bacterial properties of silver.
When it comes to his patients, Dr. Dowsett believes:
- Smaller fillings allow you to retain as much of your healthy natural tooth structure as possible
- There are options for every scenario and by listening to your needs and wishes, we can find the best solution.
- Your filling should be comfortable, durable, and last for years.