Dental Fillings in Missoula, MT
If you’re experiencing a toothache or cavity in Missoula, MT, we are here to help. We provide tooth-colored fillings and silver fillings to consider all tastes and needs. Sometimes the situation calls for one over the other, but we always accommodate your preference and choose the best course to give you lasting and appealing results.
Our Missoula, MT dentist favors composite resin to create tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Jonathan Nelson enjoys the challenge and reward of recreating the shape and color of a healthy tooth so that it's difficult to tell that you even have a filling.
There are three basic types of filling materials:
- Composite for our beautiful tooth-colored fillings in Missoula, MT
- Amalgam for traditional silver fillings, usually at the back of the mouth
- Resin-modified glass ionomer (RMGI) for tooth-colored fillings that bond more easily with your existing tooth structure
Tooth-Colored Fillings for a Beautiful Smile
There have been many different variations in the molecular makeup of composite over the years. The challenges of composite have been to develop a material that comes in many different colors to match different teeth.
Composite differs greatly from amalgam in that it is bonded to the tooth. This can be very advantageous in repairing teeth where a filling must be held in with "tooth glue." This often occurs with front teeth, which is good because not many patients like silver-colored front teeth.
Our Missoula, MT dentist uses a rubber dam to better secure your tooth-colored filling, giving you a beautiful smile and a polished up tooth that blends in with your natural teeth.
RMGI is very similar to composite in that it is tooth colored and bonded to the tooth. One neat attribute is that it is particularly good at releasing fluoride. It can also bond better to dentin, but not as well to enamel like composite can. On a microscopic level, RMGI can flex more than composite and amalgam. These advantages make this type of filling best for fixing teeth with problems along the gumline.
Silver-Colored Fillings Are a Time-Tested Cavity Solution
Amalgam has been around for over a hundred years. This material has stood the test of time and can work really well. Its two main disadvantages are its color and that it cannot bond to teeth. This limits amalgam to back teeth, but on the back teeth, amalgam works beautifully. This time tested solution to cavities in Missoula, MT is still chosen often by patients who need a filling that is not in their smile line.
These videos explain more about the differences between amalgam and composite fillings:
Are You Looking for the Best Tooth-Colored Fillings in Missoula, MT?
Dr. Jonathan Nelson is an expert when it comes to treating cavities. He will use only the best techniques to give you a dental filling that is meant to stand up and remain durable.
If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings in Missoula, MT, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our dental team today.