Fillings are used to restore decayed and damaged teeth. Dental fillings are one of the most common types of dental restorations, and they can improve the health and function of your smile. If a tooth is damaged by a cavity (hole) caused by tooth decay, we may recommend a dental filling. In order to place a dental filling, your gentle dentists at Shakopee Dental will first remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva will then clean the tooth and fill in the tooth with the chosen filling material. There are two main types of dental fillings:
- Composite fillings – Also known as white fillings or tooth-colored fillings, composite fillings are created using composite resin. Composite dental fillings match the natural color of your teeth and blend in aesthetically with your smile.
- Amalgam fillings – Amalgam fillings are silver in color, and are therefore sometimes referred to as silver fillings or metal fillings. Some sources regard amalgam fillings as more durable than composite fillings, but the silver color makes them a less aesthetic choice.
Our dental team will ensure that your dental experience is comfortable and positive. If you would like to learn more about how fillings in Shakopee, Minnesota can improve the health of your smile, please call us today.