Fillings are required when the tooth has a “cavity”. This means that decay, or bacteria, has broken down part of the tooth. The decay is removed by Dr. Liebeskind and then a filling material – either tooth colored or silver – is placed. An old filling may also need to replaced due to wear, stain or new decay around the edges of the filling.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance and are best used in small to medium-sized restorations. They can be used on either front or back teeth. Composites cost more than amalgam or silver fillings and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever.
Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or silver fillings. However, in some cases an amalgam or silver filling may be the best choice. Dr. Liebeskind will discuss this with you.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
•brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
•eating a balanced diet
•visiting Dr. Liebeskind regularly