For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago they can act like metal wedges as they expand and contract putting internal pressure on the tooth.
Over time this can cause toothaches, sensitivity, pain upon biting and broken teeth. Today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cement retained porcelain inlays and onlays. These non-metal restorations will strengthen your teeth back to 90% of their original strength.