Prevention is the best cavity treatment, but sometimes cavities are necessary. If you need amalgam or tooth-colored fillings in North Brunswick, call our office today.
Even with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, cavities can still happen. At Your Expressions Family Dentistry, we can restore your teeth with amalgam and tooth-colored fillings. If your child needs a filling, we offer gentle pediatric dentistry to make their experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Depending on your needs, our office offers two types of fillings: traditional amalgam (called silver) fillings and white composite (called tooth-colored) fillings. Learn more about the difference below.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from high-quality acrylic and powdered glass composite resin. The resin can be shaded to match the color of your surrounding teeth for a seamless restoration. This makes tooth-colored fillings best suited for the front teeth and other visible teeth to make repairs without compromising the look and quality of your smile.
The composite resin in tooth-colored fillings chemically bonds to your tooth to help strengthen it. Tooth-colored fillings also require less of your tooth structure to be removed in order to place your filling, allowing you to retain more of your natural tooth.
Silver fillings are made from a mixture of mercury, tin, copper, silver or zinc. This makes them the strongest and longest lasting filling we offer. We recommend placing silver fillings in the back teeth because they can withstand the bite pressure experienced by the back teeth.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your tooth-color filling will last up to five years before needing to be replaced. Your filling may also chip over time. This is why tooth-colored fillings are recommended for the front teeth and other non-chewing tooth surfaces.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your silver filling will last 10 to 15 years.
Yes, silver fillings are safe and have been used in dentistry for over 150 years. The amalgam metal material in silver fillings has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients over the age of six.