For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone’s mouth when they laughed. But today, you can get your cavities filled with composite fillings. Composite restorations are made of resins that are matched to your tooth’s color-so they become invisible when applied.
These fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:
-The size of the area that needs to be filled
-The location of the affected area in the mouth
-The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
-Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a tooth colored filling