A filling is the most common way that Dr. Mark A. Osenieks can restore a tooth damaged by decay. A filling will return the tooth back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean and disinfect the area, and then replace the space with a filling material. This closes off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter the tooth and cause further damage. We use a variety of filling materials at our office, including gold, silver, and composite resins. Dr. Mark A. Osenieks will work with you to determine which material is best for your specific case, but each type is briefly explained below.

Gold Fillings

These are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold is often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material because of its durability and resilience. If properly cared for, gold fillings can last more than 20 years.

Amalgam Fillings

Also known as silver fillings, these are an inexpensive choice and are very tolerant to wear. However, their dark color is more noticeable than composite restorations, and they are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.

Composite Resins

This filling can be made to match the exact color of your tooth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they are also less durable—only lasting between 3 and 10 years. Additionally, because they wear and chip more easily, composite fillings may not be ideal for large fillings.

If you are interested in learning more about getting a dental filling in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and how it can improve your oral health, call or visit us today.