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Dental Restorations and Fillings

Composite Restorations– Composite restorations are also known as “white” or  “tooth colored” fillings.  There are many advantages to repairing teeth with composite material. Composites require less removal of tooth structure than amalgam fillings, thereby maintaining the overall health and longevity of the tooth. Composites come in various shades of white, ensuring a perfect match to your own tooth giving it a natural appearance.

 

Amalgam Restorations– Amalgam restorations are also known as “metal” or “silver” fillings. Although they are not used often at Red Barn Dental, certain situations do warrant an amalgam restoration. For instance, in difficult posterior areas such as 2nd or 3rd molars where there may be a lot of bleeding or saliva, an amalgam restoration may  be used. Unlike composite, during the placement of an amalgam, the tooth does not have to be completely isolated or  dry since the amalgam is not bonded to the tooth but  is mechanically retained.

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