What is a filling?

A filling is a type of dental restoration that is used if a tooth suffers from a cavity or another type of minor to moderate damage. The dental filling is placed directly on the tooth to restore the tooth’s structure, function, and health once decay is removed. There are two main kinds of fillings available at our office, amalgam fillings and composite fillings.

What is an amalgam filling?

An amalgam filling is made of a mixture of metal alloys. Amalgam fillings are silver in color and are regarded as very durable.

What is a composite filling?

A composite filling is created from a material called composite resin. This material is tinted to match the natural color of your tooth, and the resin bonds with your natural tooth structure for a lasting, strong restoration.

Do I need a filling?

If you have a cavity, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann may recommend a dental filling in Carlsbad, California. Our friendly dentist will help you determine whether a composite or amalgam filling will better fit your individual dental needs and preferences. We invite you to call or visit our dental office soon to learn more about the types of dental fillings we offer and to discover their benefits. We look forward to caring for you!