Dental Fillings in Jackson, MI


At the first indication of a cavity, you should come to see our dentists at Iocca Family Dentistry to have your teeth examined and filled. Fillings in Jackson, MI are available in many different materials and colors that help to strengthen your teeth, prevent decay and damage.

Choosing the Right Filling Materials

When our dentists find cavities in your teeth, they will choose several materials for filling your tooth. They will select a filling that is appropriate for where the tooth is in your mouth. If a back tooth has a cavity, the filling material should be strong enough to withstand chewing forces because the molars and premolars do most of the food chewing.

If the cavity is on a front tooth, which seldom chews food, you can use porcelain or composite resin, which are more delicate materials. A filling is available in shades of white so that it blends in with the color of your other teeth.

Traditional Materials for Fillings

Some of the materials that dentists have applied for decades to fill cavities include:

  • Silver Amalgam
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Metal Alloys
  • Stainless Steel
  • Zirconia

Since silver amalgam contains elemental mercury, many dentists have quit using it. However, it is considered safe and has been so for over 100 years. Those materials listed above are some of the most durable choices for back teeth fillings near you.

  • Porcelain
  • Composite Resin
  • Glass ionomer

A glass ionomer filling is a newer one that consists of glass and acrylic. The filling releases fluoride into the cavity to heal the enamel, and many dentists use it in children’s teeth.

Choosing Colored Fillings

Along with a choice of white, our dentists near you may offer to fill a child’s tooth in colors like:

  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Yellow

Many dentists know that giving a child a chance to pick the color of their filling will make them more patient, so they will stay in their dental chair until filling the tooth is complete. A colored filling is usually a composite resin, which is a mixture of plastic and glass particles.

If you or your children have cavities, book an appointment with our dentists at Iocca Family Dentistry to have them restore your smile.

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