When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Spelman and Dr. Orlando may recommend a dental filling in Hopewell, New Jersey. When treating a cavity, our dentists will remove the decayed area of the tooth and then fill the tooth with the filling material. Some filling types can also be used to repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth and teeth that are worn down. Our dentists use amalgam and composite fillings.
Amalgam fillings, or silver fillings, are made of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. They are very durable, lasting at least 10 to 15 years. Silver fillings usually last longer than composite fillings. They are strong and withstand the forces of chewing well. Amalgam fillings are less expensive than composites.
Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are made from plastic and glass materials. As these fillings are tooth-colored, they are very aesthetic. They can be made to match the shade of your natural teeth. Composites are especially desirable for use in the front teeth or any visible parts of your teeth. Composite fillings are chemically bonded to your tooth, which gives them extra support. Composite fillings are versatile. Not only can they be used to fill cavities, they can be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
Feel free to contact Orlando Family Dentistry, LLC today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.