When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may place a dental filling in Burlington, Connecticut. Our dentist will remove the decayed area of the tooth and then fill the tooth with dental filling materials. Our office offers amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
Amalgam dental fillings are also called silver fillings. They are made of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Silver fillings are very durable, lasting at least 10 to 15 years. They usually last longer than composite fillings. Amalgam fillings hold up well to chewing forces. They are less expensive than composite fillings. Composite dental fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, are made of plastic materials. These dental fillings can be made to match the shade of your natural teeth, so they blend into your smile. Composite fillings are strong because they are chemically bonded to your tooth structure. In many cases, less tooth structure needs to be removed when preparing to place a tooth-colored filling. Composite filling materials are also used for other purposes. They can be used to repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.