When a patient has tooth decay, Dr. Peterson may recommend a dental filling. Dr. Peterson will remove the tooth decay, clean the tooth thoroughly, and fill the area with a dental filling material. Our office offers composite or amalgam dental fillings.

Amalgam dental fillings, which are also called silver dental fillings, are made up of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Amalgam fillings are very durable, lasting at least 10 to fifteen years and normally last longer than composite fillings. Silver fillings are very strong and can withstand the chewing forces of the mouth. Composite fillings are more expensive than amalgam fillings.

Composite dental fillings are often called tooth-colored dental fillings. They are made of plastic and tooth-colored materials. Composite dental fillings are aesthetic because they can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. Tooth-colored dental fillings are ideal for use in the front teeth and other visible teeth. Composite dental fillings are strong because they are chemically bonded to your tooth structure. With tooth-colored dental fillings, less tooth structure needs to be removed than with amalgam dental fillings.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, contact our dental office today in Stockton, CA at 209-473-2521.