“Fillings” are used to repair decayed, cracked, or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down by grinding, nail biting, or other causes. They’re called fillings because if you have a cavity, the dentist will remove the portion of the tooth that’s decayed, and then “fill” the area with either tooth colored (composite) material or silver (amalgam) material.
Our office offers both white and silver fillings, depending on your preference. Most patients opt for white fillings as a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to silver fillings. While both types provide effective solutions for tooth decay, white fillings do have some advantages:
- A white filling is almost invisible – your damaged tooth may appear “good as new” following placement of a white tooth filling.
- Placement of a white filling will prevent “graying” of a tooth. Silver fillings may “shine through” translucent tooth enamel.
- All fillings weaken teeth, but white fillings may be less likely to contribute to tooth cracking over time. White fillings do not expand, but silver fillings may expand over time.
- White fillings are a little more expensive than silver fillings because of the complicated technique and increased time required for placement.
If you have a cavity and need go get it filled, please call our gentle dental staff today at 336-884-8989 to discuss your dental needs. We are conveniently located in the High Point, near the Palladium Shopping Center.