When a patient has a cavity, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may place a dental filling in Shelby Township, Michigan. Our dentists will remove the decay from the tooth, clean the area thoroughly, and fill the tooth with the filling material. Our dentists offer amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
Amalgam fillings are made of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper. These fillings, which are also called silver fillings, are durable, lasting for 10 to 15 years, or more. They usually last longer than composite fillings. Silver fillings can withstand the chewing forces of your mouth. Amalgam fillings are less expensive than composite fillings.
Composite fillings are made of tooth-colored, plastic materials. They are aesthetic because they are made to match the shade of your natural teeth. Composite fillings are strong, as they are chemically bonded to your tooth structure. In many cases, composite fillings do not require as much tooth structure removal as amalgam fillings do. Because of this, composite fillings improve your long-term oral health. Composite fillings are versatile. They can also be used to fix chipped, cracked, broken, or worn down teeth.