Dental fillings commonly are placed in teeth that have experienced decay or fracture. Following removal of the decay, the filling is placed to restore the tooth to its natural form and function. Filling materials have substantially improved in recent years due to advances in dental materials and techniques, particularly the placement of tooth colored composite fillings.
At Manke Family Dentistry, we offer both tooth colored (white) as well as silver fillings. Both of these filling materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restorations by the American Dental Association, and both have also been shown to have clinical success when used in the right situations. There are advantages and disadvantages to each material. We would be happy to discuss which would be best suitable for your individual situation.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Composite resin (tooth colored) fillings can be a great option for many people. Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and glass-like particles that produce a tooth-colored filling. Composite resin has many great properties that allow us to provide a lasting, esthetic restoration. One great property of composite fillings is that they bond to your natural tooth structure. This allows us to be conservative in our treatment of your teeth and preserve the most amount of your natural tooth structure. Also, composite resin comes in a variety of colors that can be matched to the shade of your existing teeth. This means we can create a more esthetic filling that resembles the look and feel of your natural teeth.