No Fuss Fillings
When a tooth develops tooth decay, cavities form which must be filled in order to stop the spread of the decay. When too much decay exists, the tooth is often lost. Tooth fillings or cavity fillings are common and the procedure is easy and typically pain-free. Dental filling material varies between dental clinics and each filling option should be discussed before the procedure begins.
Dakota Dental Center recommends filling cavities with white fillings (tooth colored fillings). Benefits to using tooth colored fillings include:
- They last longer and are stronger than silver fillings
- They contain no mercury
- Because they bond to the tooth, no removal of healthy tooth structure is needed
- In some cases, no anesthetic is needed
- They are more aesthetically pleasing
Dakota Dental clinic does offer amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, which have been the fillings of choice for over one hundred years. Equally accurate at acting as a tooth filling, amalgam fillings require a bit more pre-filling preparation, but are typically more cost effective. Amalgam fillings are also silver in color, and therefore are not as aesthetically pleasing.