What is a dental filling?

Tooth decay often damages the enamel of the teeth and causes cavities. To prevent decay from spreading, and to restore tooth health and function, a dental filling may be suggested by one of our expert dentists, Drs. Packard and Packard. A dental filling is a type of dental restoration placed into the empty crevices and holes left in the tooth once tooth decay is removed. There are many materials used for dental fillings. At Creekside Dental Ellensburg, we provide both composite and amalgam fillings.

What is the difference between composite and amalgam fillings?

Composite fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings or white fillings. This is because the filling is made out of composite resin, a malleable plastic that can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. In recent years, composite fillings have become popular due to their superior aesthetic. Amalgam fillings are more traditional and are made of metal. An amalgam filling is especially strong and useful for the back molars. After a thorough examination, our talented dental team will be able to determine which type of dental filling is best for your smile. For more information about dental fillings in Ellensburg, Washington and how they can be used to improve your oral health, please contact us today.