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What are fillings?

Teeth that have been affected by tooth decay (caries or cavities) require a filling. There are many different types of fillings, including:

  • Dental Amalgams
    Dental amalgams, also known as silver fillings, are comprised of a mixture of mercury (45 to 50 percent), and an alloy of silver, tin, and copper (50 to 55 percent). Although there is no research study that has proven that dental amalgam is harmful to a patient’s health, the doctors at Christiansen Dental do not place or use any amalgam and have been completely metal free in their practice since 1998. They believe that there is no need to place metal fillings today since there are much better alternative filling materials.
  • Composite Resins
    Also known as white fillings, a composite resin is a tooth-colored resin mixture highly filled with finely powdered hard materials such as porcelain and glass (silicon dioxide). These filling materials are bonded into a tooth using a strong adhesive. Composite fillings are used in our office all day every day to restore cavities in teeth and occasionally to make improvements of a cosmetic nature. Dr. Christiansen and his associates have restored over 250,000 surfaces of teeth with composite resin filling materials since 1995 and have been very impressed with the longevity and durability of these remarkable restorative materials. These composite filling materials are much better now than they were in 1995, and are still improving every few years.

Other alternatives to restoring damaged or decayed teeth:

  • Porcelain Veneers - a ceramic material is bonded to the front of teeth to change the tooth's color, size, and/or shape
  • Crown - a "cap" that covers a cracked or broken tooth, unfixed by a filling, to approximate its normal size and shape
  • Cast Gold Restorations - this type of restoration is often more costly and may require more than one dental fitting
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