When a patient has a cavity, our doctor may recommend a dental filling. Our dentists will remove the tooth decay, clean the tooth thoroughly, and fill the area with the filling material. At our office, we offer amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
Amalgam dental fillings are also known as silver fillings. They are made of silver, mercury, tin, zinc, and copper. Amalgam fillings are very durable, lasting at least 10 to 15 years. Silver fillings usually last longer than composite fillings. They are also less expensive than composite fillings. Silver dental fillings are strong enough to withstand the forces of chewing.
Composite dental fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings. They are made from plastic and tooth-colored materials. Composite fillings are made to match the shade of your natural teeth, so they are well suited for the front teeth and other visible teeth. Our dentists chemically bond tooth-colored fillings to your tooth structure, so they have extra support. In many cases, less tooth structure needs to be removed with composite fillings than with amalgams.
Feel free to contact Blue Ridge Dentistry today in Boone, North Carolina to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.