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What is a Filling?

Fillings restore teeth damaged by decay, and close off any spaces where bacteria can enter which prevents any further decay. Nowadays, fillings are usually made of porcelain or a composite resin, though amalgam (silver) fillings are still sometimes used to bring a tooth back to its regular shape and function.

Which Type of Filling is Best?

Your dentist will help you to determine which type of filling will be most effective, depending on the extent of the damage, allergies, location, and cost.

  • Amalgam (silver) fillings are relatively inexpensive, however, due to their color they are very noticeable, and the metal can bend or warp in response to pressure and temperature change.
  • Composite (plastic) resins are matched to the color of your teeth, so they look very natural. The material is not ideal for larger fillings as it tends to wear and chip over time, and can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
  • Porcelain fillings (also called inlays or onlays) are developed in a lab and bonded to the tooth. The restoration covers most of the mouth, resists staining, and can be color-matched.

If tooth decay has reached the nerve, a filling won’t be a solution anymore. One treatment is root canal therapy which removes the damaged nerve, or pulp capping which tries to keep the remainder of the nerve alive.

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By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan