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What is a Tooth Filling?

Also referred to as a "dental filling", "cavity filling", "white filling" or "silver filling"

Written by south Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

Tooth decay in the top picture before the white tooth filling in the bottom picture

Tooth decay can clearly be seen on the top picture. The bottom picture shows a beautiful white tooth filling that was completed after all the decay was removed.

A tooth filling is a dental procedure in which a material is used to restore a tooth to natural health. Most often, tooth fillings are necessary to treat tooth decay, which is the breakdown of tooth structure from bacteria. (Learn more about tooth decay.) Cosmetic tooth-colored fillings may also be used to treat various other dental problems, such as chipped teeth, severe teeth staining, broken teeth, and teeth sensitivity.

Depending on the type of material, two types of fillings exist:

1. White fillings:

  • White fillings are made of a tooth colored material that perfectly matches the shade of your teeth, creating beautiful results.
  • Other names for white fillings: Tooth colored fillings, Dental bondings, Cosmetic bondings, and Composite fillings.

Learn more about white fillings.

2. Silver Fillings:
Silver fillings use amalgam, a silver colored material, to restore the tooth to its natural shape and contours. Silver fillings are typically used in back teeth because of their strength and longevity.
Learn more about silver fillings.

Tooth fillings are an extremely common dental procedure in any dental office. However, most patients do not fully understand why they are needed and how they are completed. So, we decided to write numerous articles about the topic. Below, you can see links to much more information about dental cavities and fillings. If you are interested in learning more, please read and enjoy the articles!

About our office’s goal to prevent tooth decay:

After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, my wife Joanne and I moved to Palm Beach County, where I have practiced ever since. From the day my office opened, my goal has been to help my patients prevent tooth decay. Thus, we always emphasize the importance of routine dental cleanings, as well as proper brushing and flossing. In addition, our hygienists demonstrate how to correctly brush and floss at the end of each cleaning appointment. Unfortunately, tooth decay can enlarge and worsen quickly. So, regular dental exams are important to identify cavities when they are still small. If you are due for a check-up or you have any questions, we are more than happy to see you for a complimentary exam.

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