Restorative - Composite or Amalgam Fillings. A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by dental caries (decay), chips, fractures, as well as to close spaces between teeth. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed by drilling and then filled with a restorative material.
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Dental amalgam is a safe, affordable and durable restorative material. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively. Amalgam restorations have not been found to be associated with adverse health effects. Patient concerns regarding longevity of the restoration and about cost may be considerations in decision making about restoration material options.