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A filling is a type of material that fills in a part of a tooth structure that has been damaged from decay or external trauma. External trauma can include grinding, nail-biting, cracking, breaking, or general wear and tear.

Fillings are made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Gold- lasts more than 20 years, but requires several visits and can be expensive
  • Porcelain- can be made to match the color of the tooth and resists staining
  • Silver Amalgam- resists basic wear and tear, but is more noticeable because of its dark color
  • Composite Resin- can be made to match the color of the tooth, but only last 3 - 10 years

The cost of a filling depends on the material used and your insurance plan.

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