Restorative Dentistry  
 

 

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more esthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.k

Reasons for composite fillings:

• Chipped teeth.

• Closing space between two teeth.l

• Cracked or broken teeth.

• Decayed teeth.

• Worn teeth.

Amalgam filling

Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper.
Dental amalgam fillings are also known as "silver fillings" because of their silver-like appearance.
When placing dental amalgam, the dentist first drills the tooth to remove the decay and then shapes the tooth cavity for placement of the amalgam filling. Next, under appropriate safety conditions, the dentist mixes the powdered alloy with the liquid mercury to form an amalgam putty. This softened amalgam putty is placed in the prepared cavity, where it hardens into a solid filling.