Composite and Amalgam Fillings

Fillings

If you can feel a hole, pain or sensitivity in your tooth, you may have a dental cavity caused by tooth decay. Over 90% of Australians experience tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene and consumption of sugary foods. There are links between oral heath and heart disease, diabetes and obesity so it’s really important to look after your teeth. We offer quick, pain free and affordable filling options. Make an appointment with an experienced dentist at Jacobson Dental Group today!

A composite and silver amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite or silver filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. At Jacobson Dental we provide the best options for restoring your teeth.

Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is less visually appealing than a composite filling. Whereas Composite fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composite fillings are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.

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Reasons for Composite and Amalgam fillings:

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How are composite and amalgam fillings placed?

Composite or amalgam fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite or amalgam filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite or amalgam fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

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