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Fillings

Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic deficiency, a filling is just one of the ways Dr. Schames preserves your health. Before placement, any rot must be drilled out. There are two different types of fillings: composite resin, glass ionomer, and amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings).

Composite Resin

Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, it is more expensive and not as strong as an amalgam filling. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less drilling away of the natural tooth.

Glass Ionomer

These are white fillings that bond well to teeth with minimal leakage. work well for back teeth and areas that are difficult to clean.

Amalgam

Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most durable and economical option for our patients. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure and can be fully administered in a single visit. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings release minimal amounts of mercury. I usually place composite or glass ionomer fillings, but in some specialized cases, Amalgam fillings are a good option.