When a tooth suffers from decay it becomes weakened and may in some cases become fractured.
This is why we feel so strongly about preventative care and routine x-rays and examinations.
Catching decay when it is small can save you money and discomfort.
There are many different types of restorative materials but really only two main categories, Amalgam and Composite.
Amalgam is the classic silver filling which has been in use for over 100 years. The materials wear characteristics on chewing surfaces and ease of placement in wet or difficult locations still make this material the restoration of choice in many cases.
Composite or tooth colored restorations have been placed for many years now with great success in front teeth and improving success in back teeth. They rely on a bonding agent or “glue” to keep them in place on the tooth which makes the placement of this material only possible if the tooth can be kept dry and if the edges stay above the gums. Excellent home care is required if these restorations are desired in your back teeth as they are not as resistant to decay as amalgam fillings are.