Tooth Fillings

Advances in dental materials and techniques, enabled dentists and patients today and  have various choices when it comes to selecting materials to of dental restorations. These factors include: the patient’s oral as well as general health, the components used in the tooth filling material, where and how the filling is placed, the chewing load that the tooth will have to bear, and the length and number of visits.

Amalgam silver fillings:

Dental amalgam is an alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in restoring teeth.

Disadvantages of amalgam include short-term sensitivity after the filling is placed. The silver-colored filling is not as natural looking as one that is tooth-colored, especially when the restoration is near the front of the mouth, and shows when the patient laughs or speaks.

Composite or tooth-colored fillings:

Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-sized restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.

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