If you have a decayed tooth, after your dentist in Chevy Chase removes all the affected tissue, they will apply a dental filling to fill the whole and restore both the function and look of your tooth.
But did you know there are different types of dental fillings available? Check out this short blog post to find out what dental fillings options you have, and which one may be more suitable for you.
Composite fillings are plastic and resin materials mixed. The filling is added to the tooth when it’s soft, and subsequently hardened with a bright curing light.
These are one of the most popular types of fillings, especially for front teeth because they can be made to match your tooth color, making the filling virtually unnoticeable. But, while this is a strong benefit, composite fillings are not as durable as other types on this list. With the right maintenance, they can last anywhere between 5-10 years. After that, you will need to replace them.
Ceramic fillings are made from porcelain, a very durable material that can also be made to match your natural tooth color. They are stronger than composite fillings, meaning they can last longer.
But, there are two major drawbacks to ceramic fillings. The first involves cost - ceramic fillings cost more than composite and other types of filling on this list. Moreover, the material itself is more brittle, which means it’s mostly used for larger cavities.
Silver amalgam contains a combination of compounds:
It’s one of the sturdiest and long-lasting types of fillings, with many patients having them for 12 years or more without an issue. Moreover, silver amalgam is also a cheaper type of filling, making it the most cost-effective one as well.
Unfortunately, silver amalgam will not blend in with your natural teeth. In fact, the filing can be quite visible, so it’s really not a good option for front teeth, but can be used to treat cavities in your back teeth. The material is also susceptible to temperature changes, which can lead to tooth cracking over time.
A glass ionomer is from a mixture of glass and acrylic. The fillings can release fluoride into the tooth and protect it from further decay.
But glass ionomer is not a sturdy material, so it will only last a few years, which is why it’s commonly used to treat cavities in children whose teeth are still developing.
If you are dealing with a cavity and need a filling, Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry can help restore the health of your tooth.
We provide our patients with several types of dental fillings and can help you make an informed decision.
Book an appointment with Eric Morrison DDS, MAGD online now.