When decay infects a tooth it must be removed and replaced with a filling. Traditionally, teeth were filled with a silver amalgam material. As dentistry advanced many dentists have opted not to use amalgam fillings. Studies have shown amalgam fillings may cause health issues.

Because the amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals and minerals and contain mercury many people fear it can be hazardous to their health. The amount of mercury in the amalgam fillings is minimal and may not cause health issues for the average person. However, those who may have sensitivities, are pregnant, or elderly may want to avoid amalgam fillings just as a precaution.


Luckily for patients, amalgam fillings aren’t their only option. Composite fillings, which are metal free, are also an option. Composite resin is a mixture of plastic and powdered glass which has a very natural appearance. Also because composite fillings do not contain mercury they are non toxic and do not pose a threat to a person’s health. Composite fillings are used for a variety of different dental procedures.

Because it can look like natural tooth enamel it can be placed in areas where a silver filling can’t. This includes being placed on front teeth. With the use of composite fillings, chipped teeth can be easily repaired and gaps between teeth can be closed and look natural. Also composite fillings bond to the tooth and do not shrink or crack like silver fillings. This makes them stronger and more durable.


Composite fillings can be placed in one appointment. On the day of the appointment the patient will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Once the patient is numb and made comfortable, our dentist Dr Henderson, will remove all the decay, clean the area and etch the tooth to help the filling bond better. The next step is to place the composite fillings. Dr Henderson will choose a color or shade that matches with the natural tooth. The composite is placed in layers and hardened with a special curing light. Once the composite is placed and hard the dentist will shape it and polish it so that it’s smooth like a natural tooth. 

If a person is wondering if composite fillings might be the right choice for them, calling today for a consultation is the first step. Our educated team can discuss the filling options available and decide what’s the best choice for each individual case. Call our Prescott Valley office today. Same day appointments are available. Our staff at PV Dentistry focus on providing the highest quality of dental services in a comfortable atmosphere. We are here to assist you with all of your dental needs. Please contact our Prescott Valley, AZ office to schedule an initial consultation at (928) 772-8175. 

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PV Dentistry

(928) 772-8175
8154 E Florentine Rd,
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314