Dental technology has come so far over the past several years. Today’s dental patients have many more options than their parents and grandparents did. Fillings are one great example of that. Today, you can choose between traditional silver amalgam fillings and tooth-colored fillings. The choice is totally up to you, although Dr. Russell may recommend one or the other depending on the extent of the decay and/or the location of the tooth inside your mouth. At Alpine Dental, we are pleased to offer both types of fillings to our patients from throughout the Austin, TX, area.

What You Should Know About Fillings

There’s a reason that silver amalgam has been used in fillings for so many years. It’s a remarkably strong and durable material, and silver fillings typically last for many, many years and even several decades.  Tooth-colored fillings are matched to the natural tooth color making them more cosmetic. If you need a filling in the front part of your mouth, where it will be visible when you smile, you might want to consider a tooth-colored filling rather than silver.

The Tooth Filling Procedure

Getting a tooth filled is one of the most common dental procedures performed by dentists. The procedure hasn’t changed much over the years. Dr. Russell begins by numbing the affected tooth and surrounding gums, removing all existing tooth decay — or the old filling material if you’re having an old filling replaced. He then thoroughly cleans the surface of the tooth and fills it with either silver amalgam or a tooth-colored composite material.

Contact us today

To find out more about our dental services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Russell, contact our Austin, TX, office today. Our office is conveniently located in central Austin and features a unique art gallery by Linda Russell. Schedule your appointment today and see the difference.
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