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Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include metals (amalgam or gold), porcelain, or composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. A filling is a restoration we use to replace a damaged part of the tooth, whether due to trauma or a cavity. We remove the infection or damaged part of the tooth, shape it so that it’ll have the best retention and durability, and then fill the area we worked on to restore the tooth back to its original condition.

At Aborn Family Dental, taking care of your esthetic concerns is a priority so we provide you with tooth colored fillings that provide your teeth with a very esthetic natural look as well as good strength.

Types of Dental Fillings

When you need a dental filling, you have many choices. But since different types of fillings are better for different dental conditions, Dr. Chen will help you decide which type of filling is right for you based on factors including the location and severity of the decay, the cost of the filling, and your insurance coverage.

The pros and cons of some common types of fillings are as follows:

  • Silver amalgam. Silver amalgam fillings offer strength and durability, but many people don’t like the look of them. Also, amalgam fillings can be more prone to expansion and contraction and thus they are more likely to cause a tooth to crack compared with other filling materials.
  • Composite. Fillings made of a tooth-colored composite are popular because the color can be matched to your teeth. Composite fillings are not as durable as metal fillings and they may need to be replaced after five years, compared with 10 or 15 years for metal fillings. They are more expensive than amalgam fillings.
  • Ceramic. Ceramic fillings are often made of porcelain. They are durable and aesthetically pleasing.