Fillings are the simplest way of correcting a problem on a tooth that has a cavity. They can also be used to serve other purposes, such as changing a tooth’s shape, correcting irregularities in tooth structure, for aesthetics, and much more.
There are two main types of fillings used today; silver fillings (amalgam) and white (composite and glass ionomers). At Dr. Andrew Ross’ office, the only filling types we use are the white types. The principal reasons for this is because the white materials yield a very aesthetic outcome, typically conserves more healthy tooth structure than the silver, prevents against future cavities (only for glass ionomer types), and there is no risk of mercury toxicity associated with the products (which has been a hot topic of debate for many years).