How basic do we want to go with the descriptions of our services? A filling is commonly necessary for the well-being of your tooth. They are done when there is decay in a tooth, if a chunk of it is broken, for cosmetic concerns, and when an old filling has gone south.
There are a few different types of materials for a filling. The old ‘silver’ filling you might have in your mouth is an amalgamation of mercury, tin, silver, and a bunch of other stuff. There’s a great deal of debate out there over the safety of this material. We won’t take an official stance on them, but you are encouraged to do your own research and make your own judgement. We do not routinely tell patients to just remove them for the sake of it, however we have seen dramatic changes in patient’s health when they’ve been diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity and they’ve replaced their metal. Just sayin’. We don’t place these filling in our office.
Composite fillings are the white filling you can expect. They are tooth colored and biologically very inert. Any time a filling is placed you can become sensitive in the tooth. The deeper the filling the greater the chance. We mitigate this by placing a material called gluma under our fillings. The gluma gently sooths the pulp and we’ve had great success since incorporating it.
Fillings don’t last forever, and it is very common to need replacement here and there. So don’t feel sad if yours leaked.