Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Some dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed. Dr. Jonathan Woodyard prefers to use composite materials as it gives a more natural appearance.
• Restoring small to medium sized cavities
• Restoring a chipped anterior (front) tooth
First, Dr. Woodyard will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth and this may result in a smaller filling than with an amalgam.
In addition, composites are "bonded" or attached with adhesive to the tooth often allowing a more conservative repair. Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
If your tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to call our office so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.