If you have cavities or a chipped tooth, your dentist will fix the hole in your tooth and restore your smile with help of fillings. In the past, dentists preferred using metal fillings to fix the damage to your tooth because metal is the most durable material. However, advances in technology provided more options to choose from, which has led to more people opting for other types of fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings have become the most popular type of fillings because of their aesthetic value. Since they can be color-matched to your natural teeth, they are difficult to notice and you do not have to worry about your appearance when you smile.
What other filling options are there?
In addition to tooth-colored fillings, dentists use silver amalgams, composite resin, ceramic, glass ionomer and gold to fill holes in your teeth.
This is a commonly used type of filling used by dentists to fix dental damage. It is made from a mixture of materials made from 50 percent mercury, with the remaining 50 percent including silver, copper, tin and zinc. The filling can last up to 15 years and despite the controversy surrounding the use of mercury, the American Dental Association and the United States Food and Drug administration have ruled that it is safe to use.
Dentists recommend using this type of filling because it is durable and is not very expensive. However, due to the silver color of the filling being noticeable, dentists generally use it on the teeth in the back of your mouth, where it is less visible.
This filling is made from plastic and resin material and it is inserted into the cavity while it is soft, before it is hardened with a bright light. Even though it is not as durable as a silver amalgam, it is very popular because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
This is more durable than composite resin because it is made from porcelain. Like composite resin fillings, ceramic filings can be color-matched to your natural teeth, but it is more expensive than the other types of fillings.
This type of filling is generally used on children because it releases fluoride, which helps fight cavities. It is also the least durable type of filling and cannot be color-matched to your teeth, which is why it is not very popular.
Gold fillings are very durable, but they are not as popular as ceramic or silver amalgam because they are very expensive, which is why a lot of dentists do not offer the option.
The bottom line
Tooth-colored fillings are the most commonly used dental fillings because they give you a natural look, allowing you to smile confidently in public without worrying about teeth filled with metal.
If you have cavities and need to get a dental filling, ask your dentist about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
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