Most people will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. If this is the case for you, you will most likely need to get dental fillings. This Parkcrest blog explores the different types of fillings available to you. Make sure to discuss your options with your dentist and decide what is right for you and your teeth!
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This is the most common type of dental fillings. Unfortunately, due to the dark color, these fillings tend to be fairly visible. This is of particular concern if the filling is on one of the teeth closer to the front of your mouth.
This type of filling is made from a mixture of metals like tin, copper, silver or zinc, and 50 percent mercury. Though visible, this type of filling is easy to fit into a cavity and it is very durable.
This type of filling is made from porcelain so it blends with the color of your teeth. For this reason, it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing types of dental fillings. However, you pay more for this type of filling than you would a more traditional amalgam filling. The good news is is that this type of filling is more resistant to staining and scratching. Due to the brittle nature of the material the hole in your tooth must be wider in order for a larger amount of porcelain to be fitted in there. If your main goal is to have your fillings be invisible this is a great option.
Most often used for children, this type of dental filling is a little more delicate. If used in adults, it’s placed in an area of the mouth that doesn’t do a lot of chewing. With children, the idea is that the dental filling will not have to last terribly long because their primary teeth will fall out.
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A composite filling is made of acrylic resin and powdered glass. It is not as durable as an amalgam filling so it is best suited to teeth that receive less of the force of chewing. One highlight of this type of filling is that the color can be matched to a person’s teeth so it doesn’t stick out like amalgam fillings do. They’re great for teeth near the front of the mouth as they are the most visible and aren’t used for heavy chewing.
Gold teeth aren’t just for pirates! If you’re looking for a filling that will really last then gold is probably the right choice for you. However, this type of filling takes a very long time to place and it is also (understandably) the most expensive type of dental filling.
Come Visit Us At Parkcrest Dental
If you’re looking for a dentist in the Springfield, Missouri area then come see us at Parkcrest Dental. We have an excellent team of dentists that can help you with everything from dental fillings to cosmetic dental surgery. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to set up an appointment!