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General Dentistry

Dental Fillings

If part of a tooth has been lost through decay or damaged due to an accident, your dentist may put in a dental filling. Dental fillings are used to fill a portion of tooth or plug the hole and stop any future pain or discomfort.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are three basic types of dental fillings:
  • Traditional Amalgam Fillings
  • Composite Resin Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Inlays/Onlays

Procedure for Composite Resin Dental Fillings Treatment
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available at our dental clinic. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1. First evaluation and fillings tooth preparation
  • decay in tooth is removed and clean cavity of bacteria and debris
  • prepare space for the filling
2. Application of dental fillings
  • tooth-colored material is placed in layers
  • a special light that "cures" or hardens each layer is applied
  • shape composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material
  • polish final restoration
Amalgam Fillings versus Composite Resin Fillings
Tradtional Amalgam Filling
Most of us have had amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. Amalgam fillings are sometimes called mercury fillings as some amalgam fillings contained minute amounts of mercury.

Advantages
  1. Durability – lasts at least 10 to 15 years or more
  2. Strength – can withstand chewing forces
  3. Expense – is less expensive than composite fillings
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin dental fillings or white fillings are tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth.

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Babcock Office:
5460 Babcock Rd., Suite 105
San Antonio, TX 78240
Phone: 210-694-4999

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1114 SW Military Dr., Suite 112
San Antonio, TX 78221
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In Business Since 1999