When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Laney Schuman may place a dental filling in Granite City, Illinois. Our dentist will remove the decay from the tooth, clean the area thoroughly, and fill the area using the filling material. At Midwest Family Dentistry PC, we offer amalgam dental fillings and composite dental fillings.

Amalgam dental fillings, which are also called silver fillings, are made from mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Silver fillings are very durable. They last at least ten to fifteen years, which is longer than composite dental fillings. Amalgam dental fillings are strong enough to withstand the chewing forces in the mouth. Silver fillings are less expensive than composite dental fillings.

Composite dental fillings, which are also called tooth-colored fillings, are made of plastic and tooth-colored materials. These fillings are made to match the shade of your natural teeth, so they are very aesthetic. Composite fillings are well suited for the front teeth and other visible teeth. Tooth-colored dental fillings are chemically bonded to your tooth structure, so they are strong. Tooth-colored dental fillings often require less tooth structure removal in order to be placed than amalgam fillings.

We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.