Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used to restore the appearance of damaged teeth. It helps to stop decay from spreading; chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth look healthy again, and it saves the tooth from requiring Root Canal Therapy or an extraction.
Fillings can be made from many types of material. Amalgam is the easiest material for a dentist to use. It is the fastest and least costly choice. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, or other metals.
The main disadvantage of amalgam is the appearance—it is grey and not tooth-colored. Although many dentists insist silver amalgams are poisonous and should never be used, the ADA states there is no scientific evidence to prove the negative effects. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, and if the choice is available, tooth colored fillings are probably a better option. Replacing silver fillings or dental amalgams is becoming increasingly popular. Patients are getting their old unsightly silver amalgam fillings replaced with esthetic tooth colored composite fillings.
You may want to find out if your insurance company will cover composite fillings on back teeth. Some insurance companies will pay for fillings, but only for the less expensive amalgam type, even when composite fillings are placed. Tell us what you prefer.
Composite resins are tooth-colored fillings and are probably the most desirable in modern dentistry. Because resins mimic the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings have been used in front teeth for years. Resin composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds.
Composite comes as a paste which makes it possible for dentists to shape and restore the original appearance of the tooth. After shaping the tooth colored filling material to resemble the natural anatomy of your tooth, it is hardened by curing with a strong curing light. Once the white filling hardens, your bite will be checked to make sure your teeth fit together properly. Adjustments will be made if necessary followed by smoothing and polishing of your new filling. Due to the presence of porcelain particles, the composite fillings are very resistant.
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