Dr. Vita can provide fillings that are tooth colored rather than the more common "silver" fillings, known as amalgam. Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for many decades and have serviced patients for many years.
Most patients today prefer to have fillings that closely resemble their natural teeth. Typically, we restore teeth with composite resin material directly into the tooth or indirectly with porcelain.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.