Composite & Amalgam Fillings

Cracked, worn, and chipped teeth can take away from the beauty of your smile and cause you great discomfort – but we can help. Here at Carlin Dental, we offer both composite and amalgam fillings, two of the most popular filling types. But what’s the difference between the two and how can you know which is right for your situation?

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a great way to repair teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn or decayed. Many also like the fact that a composite filling is tooth colored and blends very well after repairing a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas in your mouth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  However, under normal use, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons to choose composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will also be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Amalgam Fillings

An amalgam filling is a silver material that is used for fillings and is a choice for fillings that have cavities and other affected teeth normally in the back of the mouth. Sometimes called a silver amalgam filling, it can be used for a number of tooth repairs including decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling.

You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable, and under normal wear should last many years.

Reasons to choose amalgam fillings:

  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

What does getting an amalgam filling involve?

Amalgam fillings are usually placed in one appointment and involve the same procedure and follow-up care as a composite filling.

 

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