Fillings: Composite Resin
Hill Country Dental Center does not use amalgam (mercury) fillings. For routine restorations after decay has been removed from a tooth, we use resin (composite) fillings.
If you have a broken filling, mercury or amalgam fillings, please discuss resin fillings with us. Old mercury or amalgam fillings can be easily removed and replaced with far more attractive tooth-colored fillings that actually strengthen your tooth beyond the level it had with the amalgam fillings.
If a filling becomes too large for the resin to provide adequate strength and longevity, we recommend a porcelain filling (onlay, inlay, or three-quarter crown). The porcelain fillings are fabricated using the Cerec system and are completed in one visit. We will also have the option of using E-max for these restorations, allowing added strength if needed.
Composite resins may also be used to enhance the appearance and natural strength of a damaged tooth. This is known as a tooth bonding procedure.