Fillings / Restorations
When your tooth has a cavity the dentist will access the decay, remove the decay and restore or fill the tooth to its original shape and size.
Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings made of a resin material. Composite fillings are asthetic and look like natural tooth. When a dentist uses composite material less tooth structure needs to be removed during the cavity preparation because the material is bonded to the tooth. Composite fillings must be placed on a perfectly dry tooth.
Amalgam fillings are silver colored fillings. The material is made of a mixture of metals including mercury. Amalgam fillings are strong and can last a very long time. If it is difficult for the dentist to keep the tooth dry during the filling process, it may be necessary to use amalgam.