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Considerations for Choosing the Right Dental Fillings

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling materialWhen choosing a dental filling, several factors need to be considered, such as the dimensions and location of a cavity, cosmetic requirements, strength reliability, price, and possible allergies. These are critical features to consider while selecting the most appropriate dental filling for you under guidance from your dentist.

Cavity Size and Position

Choosing the suitable filler material is greatly influenced by the cavity size and position. Certain materials may be more appropriate for various areas of the mouth and have differing strengths.

Tastes in Aesthetics

If aesthetics is a crucial factor, then tooth-colored fillings like composite or ceramic are effective. Compared to silver amalgam fillings, these materials provide similar results, but they use a color that matches your teeth, resulting in a more attractive appearance.

Strength and Lifespan

An essential factor to take into account is the filler material durability. Since amalgam fillings have a reputation to last a long time and resist wear, they are a good option for more extensive cavities in the rear teeth that are subjected to heavy chewing forces.

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Metallic substances may cause allergies or sensitivities in some people. Inform your dental professional about these possible allergies when consulting about your upcoming filling.

Expense Factors

Given the material used, dental restorations might cost different amounts. Amalgam fillings are generally less expensive than ceramic or tooth-colored composite fillings.

Time of Treatment

The filling process may take time, depending on the material selected. Extra procedures for cementing and forming composite and ceramic fillings may demand more time for placement than amalgam fillings.

Thermal Response

Owing to temperature variability, amalgam fillings can vary in size over time, leading to tooth fractures in some patients. Composite and ceramic fillings make tooth damage less likely due to thermal sensitivity.

Coverage and Insurance

Various types of fillings are likely to have different rates from dental insurance. Your benefits provider will also have your options listed regarding coverage and any costs you may face out of pocket.

It is important to remember that there cannot be a general solution for everyone, and what would work in one situation will not fit another. Apart from discussing your preferences and questions regarding material, our dentist will conduct an examination before suggesting one. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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