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Fillings Racine

Filling illustrationDespite taking excellent care of your teeth, you still may get an occasional cavity. We have you covered. For a tooth that’s been damaged by decay, a filling restores it to its normal function and shape. First, Dr. Olesen will remove the decayed tooth material. She then will clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with your chosen material.

At Belle City Family Dentistry serving the Racine & Mount Pleasant areas, we offer the following types of filling materials:

Amalgam

Used in dentistry for years, these silver fillings are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to the dark color of amalgam fillings, they are not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain or composite restorations. Amalgam fillings are rarely used in highly visible areas, such as front teeth.

Are They Safe?

In recent years, there has been considerable media coverage about amalgam fillings. That’s because mercury comprises 40-50% of the amalgam filling compound. Some of the concerns are valid, especially for individuals who have certain conditions (e.g., mercury sensitivity or kidney dysfunction) or for children who need to have teeth filled.

It’s worth noting, however, that numerous studies have been conducted worldwide regarding the safety of amalgam fillings. None of these studies have found any connection between the mercury in amalgam fillings and brain or nervous system functioning. We believe that amalgam is still a safe and effective way to treat teeth that have been affected by tooth decay or trauma.

Composite

If you’re seeking a more natural look, we offer composite (plastic) resins. These fillings are color-matched and used when a natural appearance is sought. The ingredients are combined and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for sizeable fillings as they may chip or wear over time. Coffee, tea or tobacco can stain composite fillings. Another drawback is they don’t last as long as other types of fillings.

Glass Ionomers

This filling material combines acrylic and glass. Typically, a glass ionomer filling does not last longer than five years before requiring replacement.

As we have a CEREC machine on-site, we can mill a custom restoration using composite or glass ionomer materials while you wait.

Book an Appointment

If you think you have a cavity, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will recommend the type of filling that best matches your needs, preferences, and budget.
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Fillings Racine, Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Sturtevant & Wind Point WI | (262) 633-4000