Restoration of Cavities

Depending on the severity of each case, cavities can be restored in several ways. The most common direct treatment is composite restoration—this is preferable to dental amalgams, also known as silver fillings. Dr. Medina does not do silver fillings as this is an outmoded procedure. In fact, as a general rule, if an existing amalgam filling is ten years old or more, then it is best to replace it with composite, porcelain or gold restoration. More often that not, these fillings leak and cause recurrent decay leading to more severe problems like dental infections requiring root canal therapy. Composite restoration, on the other hand are chemically bonded to the teeth. There are also several indirect restorations like porcelain or gold inlays/onlays/crowns. The choice of treatment depends on the patient’s preference.