Denver, NC area patients who are dealing with cavities may learn that they need fillings to address these areas of decay. Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard of Denver Dental Arts can assist with the placement of silver amalgam fillings at their state-of-the-art dental practice.
What are dental fillings?
Fillings are used to fill voids that remain after the treatment of cavities. There are two types of fillings that are very similar but differ in how they are applied and the actual material used. Amalgam fillings are a combination of metals such as silvery, mercury and copper. Composite fillings are a tooth-colored resin and glass mixture filling. Composite fillings are most often the recommended type of filling due to esthetics.
What are the benefits of fillings?
- Fillings are completed in one visit
- Most fillings require minimal preparation of the natural tooth structure
- Fillings require normal dental hygiene
- Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing and often undetectable
- Filling size can be adjusted to fit any size void
What is the procedure of fillings?
Fillings are needed when a cavity develops. These two filling types are very similar in their application in that the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and filled with the selected type of filling. Composite fillings will then require a special adhesive or bonding agent and a special light to speed the curing of the filling. The bonding process and light curing steps do not apply to amalgam fillings. Both options are quickly performed and will remain functional for many years.
Are amalgam fillings safe?
Yes, the American Dental Association considers dental fillings completed with silver amalgam to be a safe treatment for cavities.
Where can I obtain fillings?
Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard of Denver Dental Arts are pleased to provide both silver amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings depending on the needs of the patient. Call (704) 908-6969 to request an appointment at our practice to discuss your unique situation and find out if you are in need of fillings to address one or more cavities. We are conveniently located at 7206 Austin Smiles Court, Ste. #103.