Whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled, or you’re in the market for new fillings, there are a variety of dental filling materials available. Among the choices is silver amalgam (comprised of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), tooth-colored materials, plastic, and composite resin. While the advent of new filling materials provides patients with more choices, many are overwhelmed when it comes to determining the appropriate filling material for them. Thus, what’s the best dental filling material for you?
Chances are—you’re familiar with the easily recognizable silver amalgam fillings. Despite rumors that the amalgam filling material is toxic and unsafe, many dentists continue to rely on this tried and true filling material, especially for areas of the mouth that are subject to the effects of heavy chewing or grinding. Silver amalgam fillings are strong, easy to work with, and cost-effective. With support from the American Dental Association (ADA), it’s easy to see why many dental professionals, as well as patients continue to choose amalgam.
As an alternative to the amalgam filling material, tooth-colored composite resin fillings represent an aesthetically pleasing way to fill teeth. Particularly for front teeth that are easily seen, composite resin is an appealing choice, because it mimics the appearance of a patient’s natural teeth. In other words, no one will be able to tell that the tooth has been filled. Advancements in dental technology over the past 10 years has awarded composite materials to be used on back teeth, yet it should be noted—they have not stood the test of time in these areas. Having recognized this, many insurance companies will not pay for composite resin fillings applied to back teeth. As a result, dentists often use a mixture of both silver amalgam and composite resin fillings based on where the filling is required.
When it comes to dental filling materials, the choice is not always clear. While amalgam silver fillings are a dependable option for back teeth, they are not the only option. Resin composites are a clear advantage for some, and a better alternative in some cases. The good news is—it’s not entirely up to you. Dental professionals are equipped to help you make the best choice in regards to your dental filling material.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, you will find cutting edge advancements in dentistry to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. With an emphasis on patient education and prevention, our team takes ample time to help you make informed decisions about your oral health. Are you wondering which dental filling is best for you? Call us today. Your best oral health will be achieved with us.