General dentistry includes a wide range of services.
A dental restoration or dental filling is a dental restorative material used artificially to restore the function, integrity and shape of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from decay or trauma. Dental restorations may be fabricated out of a variety of materials:
Dental composites are also called tooth colored or white fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Direct composite resin restorations are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations are optimally used in instances where little of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger and the resin wears like natural teeth.
Silver (Amalgam) Fillings
Silver fillings can have a long serviceable life but have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. Silver fillings have wedging affect causing cracks in the natural tooth structure that can lead to fracture. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
There are different reasons that you may need root canal treatment. They vary in complexity and will be determined by the doctor’s diagnosis. One reason is the tissue inside of your tooth (dental pulp) is dead or is irreversibly dying (tooth ache). This will be determined by Dr. Endicott doing diagnostic testing of the suspected tooth and surrounding teeth to ensure the source is identified. Another reason is because a filling that has to be placed in a tooth is so big that the root canal space will be needed to help retain the filling before a crown can be placed on the tooth.
Endicott Dental wants to help you maintain a healthy smile. For more information about our general dentistry services, please call our office to schedule your first visit.