If you’ve ever had a cavity, you know that there are different options for filling it. Your dentist will usually recommend either an amalgam filling or a composite filling. But what’s the difference between these two types of fillings? In today’s blog, Century Dental will talk about some of the main differences between amalgam and composite fillings and what’s the best option for you!
Amalgam fillings are made of a silver-colored metal alloy, while composite fillings are made to match the color of your natural teeth. This means that composite fillings are less noticeable than amalgam fillings.
Stability and Longevity
Amalgam fillings are made of a metal alloy, which means that they are very strong and durable. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are made of resin. This material is not as strong as metal, which means that composite fillings may not last as long as amalgam fillings. While amalgam and composite fillings can last around 10-15 years and five years respectively, these time frames are subject to change depending on the person’s dental habits and care.
Putting in an amalgam filling is a fairly simple procedure. The dentist will first remove the decayed part of the tooth and then place the amalgam filling into the cavity. On the other hand, placing a composite filling takes a bit more time. The dentist will first need to place a bonding agent on the tooth before adding the composite filling. Usually, the composite resin material needs to be put in layers while the dentist uses ultraviolet light to dry/cure the resin.
Which One is the Right One for You?
The best type of filling for you depends on a few different factors. If you are looking for a durable and long-lasting option, then amalgam may be the right choice for you. However, if you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, then composite fillings may be a better option. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and your dentist!
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Do you have any questions about dental fillings? We’d be happy to answer them! Give us a call today at Century Dental. We are always accepting new patients and we strive to ensure that your dentist visit is the best that it can be and we’ll take care of your teeth with our restorative dentistry services.