Which Type of Dental Filling is Right for You?

Did you know that if you need a filling that you actually have options? It’s true – the days of having to resort to silver fillings with no other choices are over.

While silver fillings still have their uses and their benefits over other options, it is important that you know what is out there when you are making your decision. These are a few of the top choices available to you:

  • Dental amalgam. Otherwise known as silver fillings, dental amalgam has been used for filling in cavities for over a hundred years. It is strong and durable, and it is one of the most affordable options. It can also withstand considerable biting forces, so it is often put into cavities in the back of the mouth.
  • Ceramic fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are visually appealing, but they can also be expensive. They are made out of porcelain, but they tend to be stain-resistant.
  • Composite fillings. These options are also white or tooth-colored, so they blend into the rest of your teeth. Composite consists of plastic and resin, and while they might be more attractive than silver options, they aren’t as strong. They are best suited for the teeth in the front of your mouth that won’t have the stress put on them that the molars experience.
  • Gold fillings. For the general public, gold fillings aren’t an option, as they are extremely expensive. However, gold fillings are very durable and can last for 15 years or longer. They can also be put into place in a single visit.

If you need a filling, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of all the choices that are available to you. Contact our office about which option might be best to fill in your cavity and will last the longest.

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