Restoration of Tooth Decay

Resin 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. Martin Family Dentistry only places resin fillings.

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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. Silver amalgam fillings are slightly less expensive than resin fillings and are primarily used on molars. Silver amalgam fillings are visibly different than natural tooth color. Martin Family Dentistry no longer places silver amalgam fillings as it is our mission to perform the highest quality dentistry.

Crowns (caps)

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.

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