Composite Fillings vs. Amalgam: Understanding the Difference

Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dentists have many options when it comes to caring for your oral health. When it comes to fillings, the most common options are resin composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

Protect and Repair Your Teeth with Fillings

Dental fillings are typically used to repair your teeth after significant damage due to a cavity. Fillings used for this reason not only restore the functionality of the tooth by filling in the area that is lost, but the filling also serves to protect the area where the cavity used to be because this area is without a doubt more susceptible to future colonization of bacteria.

  • Amalgam fillings: For around 150 years, dentists all over the world have used dental amalgams to create fillings that are used to replace the lost structure of a tooth after the decayed portion is removed. Amalgams are made up of silver, copper, tin, mercury, and other trace metals. The American Dental Association maintains that the use of these fillings is harmless, despite the use of some controversial metals.
  • Resin composite fillings: This type of filling is also simply referred to as a tooth-colored filling since it can easily be matched to your own natural tooth color. This has made this type of filling increasingly popular. While this type of filling is traditionally not as strong as an amalgam filling, the advancement of dental science has made it possible for some resin composite fillings to even be used on the back of the mouth in molars.

When it comes to the use of any type of filling, you should speak with your dentist beforehand to discuss the pros and cons of each material. From there, you can decide on your own which filling would be best for your unique situation. If you are experiencing any tooth pain, or if you want to discuss your options for fillings, stop by our office today!

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