A dental filling is needed if a tooth develops decay and/or has trauma or wear. A filling replaces the damaged part of the tooth.
If left untreated, decay and other issues can worsen in time and result in pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Immediate care is prudent and more comfortable, and the most affordable.
However, not all dental fillings are alike!
Different Types of Dental Fillings
What are the types of dental fillings, and which should you choose for your teeth?
Dental amalgam, also called silver fillings, is the most common type of dental filling. It’s strong, durable, and less expensive than any other type.
Composite fillings are popular because the colour matches the rest of your teeth. They are a combination of resin and plastic and are more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings but are less durable.
Ceramic fillings are durable and visually appealing (tooth-coloured), but they are expensive. They are made of porcelain and are stain-resistant.
Glass ionomers are usually used on children whose teeth are still changing. Made from glass and acrylic, they are designed to last fewer than 5 years. The benefit of these fillings is that they release fluoride, which protects the tooth from further decay.
Which Dental Filling Material Works Best for You?
You have several options when it comes to choosing a filling material. But no filling is objectively better than another. It is always recommended to weigh each option before making a decision.
If you want to learn more about the different types of fillings and the dental filling procedure, talk to your Fortitude Valley dentist.
In the meantime, maintain a good dental hygiene routine of brushing at least twice daily and flossing daily.
White Tooth Fillings at Precision Dental
Bring back the form and function of your damaged teeth quickly, effectively, and beautifully.
For splendid work on White Tooth Fillings and other dental treatments, consult your dental care partners here at Precision Dental.
Your trusted Fortitude Valley dentist is equipped with the very best of modern dentistry to help you achieve optimal dental and oral wellness.
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