There are two different types of dental fillings. One type is called an amalgam filling, also known as a silver filling. The other type of filling is called a composite filling, also known as a tooth-colored filling. We strive to detect decay at the earliest stage through exposing radiographs and routine exams to prevent our clients from having a larger issue. If a client refuses to have a cavity filled, they must understand that left untreated, it can turn into a root canal and crown, or the tooth may need taken out if the decay has extended too far.
Here are the differences between the two fillings:
Amalgam (silver) fillings
- Do not bond to tooth structure. Think of these fillings as a wedge that plugs the area where the decay was. The tooth structure can be weakened.
- Requires more removal of tooth structure to get it to stay in the tooth.
- Used on back teeth, especially when it’s difficult to keep a back tooth dry during the appointment.
- Less costly
Composite bonded (tooth-colored) fillings
- Bond to the tooth structure. The tooth structure is stronger.
- Better for larger fillings
- Requires less removal of tooth structure.
- Can be used on front and back teeth if able to keep a back tooth extremely dry during the appointment.
- More costly
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