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What Are the Different Types of Dental Fillings?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Beautiful Smiles Office
Image of a smiling man looking at his georgeous smile. Addressing a decayed tooth is an essential dental restoration procedure. The dentist begins by thoroughly cleaning the decayed area, creating a cavity or hole in the tooth. Subsequently, this void is filled with a dental filling to restore the surface of the tooth, providing a natural appearance once more. This article explores various types of tooth fillings employed in dental restoration. Here are some types of dental fillings that you need to know about:

Silver Amalgam Fillings

A widely used dental filling, the silver amalgam filling comprises not only silver but also a blend of other minerals such as tin, copper, and mercury. This choice is popular due to its durability, longevity, and cost-effectiveness compared to alternative options. Typically, a silver amalgam filling can withstand up to 12 years of regular use. Its flexibility makes it easy for dentists to work with during the application process.

Ceramic Fillings

Crafted from porcelain material, ceramic fillings are not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing. While they may incur a higher cost compared to other fillings, their tooth-colored appearance sets them apart. Additionally, ceramic fillings exhibit superior resistance to stains and abrasion when compared to composite resin alternatives.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Constructed from a blend of glass and acrylic, this filling type is commonly applied to children whose teeth are still in the developmental stage. These fillings release fluoride into the tooth, protecting against further decay. However, their durability is limited as they are less robust than composite resin, making them prone to cracking or wearing out after a few years. Unlike composite resin, regular glass ionomer fillings do not mimic the natural appearance of teeth.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are crafted from a blend of plastic and resin materials. They are inserted into the tooth while in a soft state and then solidified using a powerful curing light. This popular choice is favored for its ability to be tailored to match the color of your natural teeth, making it less noticeable compared to silver amalgam fillings.

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