What are Silver Fillings?

At our practice, Dental Town offers silver fillings. Silver fillings, also called amalgam fillings, use a combination of metals to create long-lasting and durable restorations. The filling material consists of silver, tin, copper, and elemental mercury. Due to their composition, silver fillings can withstand chewing forces and are typically used to repair the back teeth.

Silver fillings have been used in dentistry for over 150 years and are FDA approved.

What are Tooth-colored Fillings?

Also known as white or composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings are the ideal way to repair visible teeth. This type of filling is made from a metal-free composite resin and can be shaded to match the color of your surrounding tooth structure. The composite resin chemically bonds to the surface of your teeth for a strong restoration.

Tooth-colored fillings are recommended for patients aged 6 and older and are safe for children.

How Long Do Fillings Last?

The lifetime of your filling depends on the type of restoration you receive. Silver fillings can last 10-15 years. Tooth-colored fillings can last 7-10 years. If you experience an issue with your filling, call our office to schedule an appointment. All restorations will eventually need to be repaired or replaced, and our team will help keep your smile healthy.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

The best type of filling is no filling at all! Here are some simple ways to prevent cavities and keep your smile healthy:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Keep up with your scheduled checkups and cleanings

Do You Accept Walk-ins and Emergency Appointments?

Yes, Dental Town welcomes walk-ins! Our team will see you as soon as scheduling permits to provide you with quality care. We also offer emergency appointments to treat injuries, accidents, and other dental conditions. No matter your dental needs, our practice is here to serve!

Do You Accept Insurance?

Dental Town is in-network with many dental insurance providers, including Delta Dental Premier, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Principal. Our team also accepts most PPO plans, major credit cards and offer payment plans.. For your convenience, we offer affordable financing options with CareCredit.