Unlike other practices, our team does not use amalgam in cavity fillings. A silver filling is a euphemism for an amalgam restoration. A dentist places amalgam in a patient's tooth after a cavity is created by drilling out decay. Amalgam restorations consist of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and a trace amount of zinc.
A crown is a long-term cemented method of replacing missing tooth structure. Like a thimble over your finger, a crown is placed over an individual tooth where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.
A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. The teeth on either end of the span are crowned. Both aesthetics, or appearance, and function are considered when selecting the most suitable restoration. Many times, we use a dental implant instead of a bridge, thereby preserving your natural teeth.