Fillings

Amalgam fillings

 

 

Composite fillings


Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with silver amalgam or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, patients' insurance coverage and your dentist's recommendation assist in determining the type of filling that will best address your needs.

 

Advantages of tooth-colored composite fillings are:

 

1. Aesthetics - the shade/color of the composites can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth

 

2. Bonding to tooth structure - composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth

 

3. Versatility in uses - in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth

 

4. Tooth-sparing preparation - sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling.


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