When a patient has tooth decay, Dr. Vela and Dr. Ng may recommend a dental filling in Corpus Christi, Texas. Our dentists will remove the tooth decay from your tooth and thoroughly clean your tooth. A dental filling material is used to fill the area. Our dental office uses two types of dental fillings: composite dental fillings and amalgam dental fillings.

Amalgam dental fillings are also called silver fillings. They are made from mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Amalgam fillings are very durable. They last at least 10 to 15 years, which is longer than composite dental fillings. Amalgam fillings also cost less than composite dental fillings. Silver fillings are strong enough to withstand the chewing surfaces of your smile.

Composite dental fillings are also called tooth-colored fillings. They are made from plastic and tooth-colored materials. Composite dental fillings can be closely color matched to your natural teeth. This makes them very aesthetic. Tooth-colored fillings are ideal for the front teeth or other visible teeth. Composite fillings are chemically bonded to your tooth structure, which makes them stronger. In many cases, composite dental fillings do not require as much tooth enamel removal as amalgam fillings.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Vela Dental Centers Southside today.