A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay (ie.”cavity) back to its normal shape and function.  The decay is removed by drilling while you are numb, the tooth is cleaned and then filled with the appropriate material.
Materials used for fillings include amalgam (“silver filling”), compositeresin (“tooth or white-colored filling”) or porcelain.
During treatment, a discussion with Dr. Saroyan would determine which type of material would be best for the situation.
  • Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
  • Composite resins are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
  • Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth.

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