Dental decay, or a hole in your tooth caused by plaque or bacteria, leads to the need for a filling. Dental decay (cavities) are typically found during an exam, as a “sticky” spot or hole, and can sometimes be seen on dental x-rays.
There are two material options for fillings:
- Composite resin (tooth colored filling): Composites can be used for both front and back teeth fillings. They blend in with your existing tooth and are virtually invisible!
- Amalgam (silver filling): Amalgams are a great option for back teeth that are not in areas that anyone can see. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends silver fillings for their durability and longevity. Some patients are concerned with the small amount of mercury in silver fillings and we understand your concern, but would never intentionally put our patients at risk for harm and we believe, based on years of scientific research, that silver fillings are safe. Dr. Berry even has a silver filling in her mouth! The ADA has a statement on their website if you would like to read more : ADA Statement on Dental Amalgam
Dr. Berry will discuss the different types of fillings with you and help you make an informed choice about what is right for you and your mouth.