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What Are My Dental Filling Options for a Cavity?

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Wilson Dentisty
3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling material: composite, amalgam, and goldVery few adults have made it through adulthood without getting at least one cavity in their teeth. If our dentist says you have a cavity, you will need to have the cavity drilled out and a dental filling placed. Did you know that you have options when it comes to dental fillings? Here is some information about dental fillings so you can make an informed decision.

Metal Amalgam

If you are in midlife or older, you probably have at least one dental amalgam filling. Dental amalgam fillings are created from a combination of metals like copper, mercury, silver, and tin. However, the metal amalgam fillings of today do not contain mercury. While metal amalgam fillings are great for filling teeth, many people do not want to have them because although they are strong, they are easily seen when you open your mouth.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made from a combination of resin (a type of plastic) mixed with glass or porcelain to make the filling shiny. Composite resins are tooth-colored, which means they blend into your natural teeth and are nearly invisible. They are not as strong as metal amalgam fillings, but they can last for decades.

Gold Fillings

Some people opt for gold fillings rather than dental amalgam fillings, especially if you need to have a filling in one of your molars. They are harder and longer lasting than composite fillings, but they are also much easier for people to notice. They are also more expensive than composite fillings.

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings may look the most like your natural teeth. They are made from porcelain, a type of clay combined with other substances and heated until it becomes hard. Ceramic fillings are very durable and can last for years, but they are more expensive than composite fillings.

Not sure which type of filling you should get? Why not come in and see our dentist? That way, they can examine your cavity and come up with a good treatment plan for your tooth. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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