Fillings

Fillings – used to replace decayed or damaged tooth structure, up to 40% of the tooth.  Fillings do not strengthen the tooth, but have to be supported by the remaining tooth structure.  If more than 50 % of the tooth is affected,  the tooth will need a crown.

Types of fillings done in our office:

  • Amalgam (silver) fillings are a metal filling  that is physical retained by placing undercuts in the tooth.  These fillings match the physical properties of tooth structure the closest.  They last an average of 10 to 12 years and are the least expensive.
  • Composite (tooth colored) fillings are basically a plastic resin material that is bonded on to the enamel of the tooth.  These fillings last an average of 5 to 7 years.  These fillings average $15-$50 more than amalgam fillings and are not covered by some insurance plans.
  • Gold Inlays/Onlays are cast gold fillings that are made in a dental lab and are cemented in the  tooth.  They can last as long as amalgam filling and are 2 to 3 times more expensive that amalgam or composite fillings.
  • Porcelain Inlays/Onlays are tooth colored porcelain fillings made in a dental lab and are bonded or cemented in the tooth.  They last about as long as the gold inlays/onlays.  They cost about the same as their gold counterparts.
  • Porcelain veneers are facings of porcelain that are bonded on  the front of a tooth to repair damage or decay. They are very useful for repairing broken or chipped front teeth.  They last about 10 to 12 years on average.  They cost about $600 per tooth and made in a dental lab.