First there was the silver amalgam fillings, the so called mercury fillings. In truth these were great, long lasting restorations but no one wants them anymore.
Then came the "tooth coloured" fillings. These were plastic fillings that required a special bonding agent to attach the filling to the tooth. These fillings looked great, but were very time and technique sensitive. We still use these fillings routinely especially in aesthetic situations.
But now there is a new filling available that we at AgincourtDental have made wide use of.
These are hybrid glass ionomer fillings. The are tooth coloured, self adhesive to the tooth, and release fluoride, which dramatically reduces future cavity risk, even in adjacent teeth. These fillings are much less technique sensitive which means they can be used in situations that the plastic fillings would have great trouble with, They can be placed much quicker than the plastic or even amalgam fillings, which means less time in the dental chair.
This new option is dramatically changing dentistry today and the dental visit.