Cosmetic Resin Fillings
These tooth colored fillings are equally effective as traditional silver fillings. The shade of resin used is matched to the color of the patient’s other teeth. The fillings are molded to match the shape of an existing tooth or can be used to create a new shape. These restorations are the quickest and most economical method of providing a cosmetic change. Resin filling typically last for many years. Over the life of a resin filling, it may darken slightly (at the junction of the tooth and filling) from foods and drinks. These fillings can be bleached with whitening products, but not to a shade lighter than when first placed.
Traditional Silver Amalgam
Silver amalgam fillings that have been used since the early 1800s. These fillings are still effective, but their use is declining in favor of resin fillings. While these fillings are made of an silver, mercury, tin, and copper, numerous studies indicate that mercury does not leech out of these fillings over time. Thus, silver amalgam fillings are a less expensive, safe alternative to resin fillings and are primarily used on molars.
Crowns takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the tooth is numbed and reshaped, a mold of the reshaped tooth is made, and a temporary crown is fabricated and cemented in place to protect the tooth. A dental laboratory uses the mold to create the permanent crown. Crowns can be made of porcelain, zirconia, or gold. During the second appointment, the dentist removes the temporary crown, cleans the underlying tooth, and cements the permanent crown.