Amalgam & Composite Fillings in New Jersey

 
 

What are fillings?

A filling helps to restore a tooth damaged by decay or trauma back to its normal function and shape, and helps prevent further decay by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth. Our dentists will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you; this includes the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain dental materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.
 
 
 

Types of Fillings

 

Composite Fillings

A composite resin filling is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and matches the color of the tooth. Thus, composite fillings are used most often on front teeth or the visible parts of the tooth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, reducing the drilling needed.
 

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals including mercury and silver, and thus doesn't match the color of your teeth. This type of filling is used most often for fillings in the back teeth. These fillings are very strong.
 

Glass Ionomer

Glass Ionomer fillings are made from acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate, a component of glass. This type of filling is very strong and most often used in people with a lot of decay in the part of the tooth that extends below the gum. It is also used for filling baby teeth.
 

Painless Fillings

To help minimize the pain associated with getting a filling, our dentists may choose to administer a local anesthetic, Next, our dentists will remove decay from the tooth, using a drill. Once all the decay is removed, our dentists will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. Different types of fillings require different shaping procedures to make sure they will stay in place. Our dentists may put in a base or a liner inside the tooth to protect the tooth's pulp (where the nerves are).

Certain types of fillings get hardened by a special light. With these fillings, our dentists will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright light on the resin. This cures (hardens) the material and makes it strong. Finally, after the filling is placed, our dentists will use burs to finish and polish the tooth surface.
 
 
To help minimize the pain associated with getting a filling, our dentists may choose to administer a local anesthetic, Next, our dentists will remove decay from the tooth, using a drill. Once all the decay is removed, our dentists will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. Different types of fillings require different shaping procedures to make sure they will stay in place. Our dentists may put in a base or a liner inside the tooth to protect the tooth's pulp (where the nerves are).

Certain types of fillings get hardened by a special light. With these fillings, our dentists will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright light on the resin. This cures (hardens) the material and makes it strong. Finally, after the filling is placed, our dentists will use burs to finish and polish the tooth surface.