Technological advances in the dental industry have given dentists and patients many more options when it comes to treatment options. Shadow Valley Dental Group offers several options for cavity filling materials and making a decision about which one to use can sometimes be tough. This blog aims to help you understand the differences between silver and composite fillings so that you can make an informed choice should you ever be faced with the decision.
Dental amalgam is a very common material used to create “silver” fillings. Amalgam is a mixture of metals including liquid mercury, silver, tin, and copper. The material has been used by dentists for more than 150 years and is commonly used for fillings in the back teeth.
Pros – Dental amalgam is the most affordable filling material available. Additionally, it is the most long-lasting and durable filling material on the market.
Cons – Amalgam contains approximately 50% mercury, which when inhaled, can cause problems with the brain and kidneys. However, after years of testing, the FDA, EPA, and CDC have confirmed the material’s safety and have approved the use of amalgam fillings in patients over the age of six. Also note that some patients may not be able to get amalgam fillings because of an allergy or sensitivity to any of the metals in the amalgam.
Resin Composite Fillings
Resin composite fillings are a combination of ceramic and plastic materials. For years, composite fillings have been a popular option for patients who need fillings in their front, or more visible teeth, as it is has the appearance of a natural tooth.
Pros – Resin composite fillings are a great option to fill small to medium sized cavities in the front teeth. The tooth-colored material appears very natural among teeth.
Cons – Though they have come a long way in recent years, composite fillings are still not quite as strong as silver fillings and tend to need to be replaced more often. Additionally, many dental insurance companies do not cover composite fillings in the back teeth, as they’re more expensive and seen as more of a luxury product.
Ultimately, both silver and composite fillings are good options, depending on your situation. If you have a cavity, your dentist will take the location of the cavity, appearance concerns, dental history, and cost into consideration to help you make the best decision on filling materials.
About Shadow Valley Dental Group
Shadow Valley Dental Group is committed to providing our patients with exceptional, personalized dental care. If you have any questions about Shadow Valley Dental Group or would like to learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at 419-865-3085 or email us at email@example.com.