Types of Fillings
Many of our patients are concerned about cavities and fillings. They worry the fillings will be painful or too visible. They worry the filling material is dangerous and in fact, worse than just dealing with the cavity. At our office, we aim to educate out clients so they feel comfortable coming in and leaving.
Fillings refer to resin based or metallic based material used to fill a tooth cavity. The filling is critical to stop the decay in the tooth. Without a filling, your cavity will get deeper with potential for chipping, complete decay and pain. Here is more information on the types of fillings we provide.
Resin Composite Fillings
Resin composite fillings are the most popular filling because they are nearly invisible. The material we use is a composite of ceramic and plastic that provides the same amount of strength as amalgam. A resin composite filling permanently fills the void in your tooth caused by decay while mimicking the natural color of your teeth.
We are proud to provide a material that contains the lowest level of BPA in the industry. Although there is no link to side effects caused by BPA fillings, we understand our patients are concerned about their health and their children.
The traditional type of metallic filling is known as amalgam. This material is a mix of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper. Amalgam fillings are popular because of their durability and are often used for the back teeth and large cavities. This filling is also naturally antimicrobial. This is a benefit for elderly patients who may not be able to brush or provide adequate self care.
Controversy around amalgam fillings: Maybe patients are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. Mercury is used in amalgam fillings to create the bond between your teeth and the filling. According to the Mayo Clinic, the mercury in fillings is not the same type of mercury found in fish that may cause health problems. The FDA states, “clinical studies in adults and children ages 6 and above have found no link between dental amalgam fillings and health problems.”
If you’re concerned about which type of filling you should choose, take your time to discuss the options with our staff.
Best Filling is No Filling
Proper dental health will prevent the need for fillings and will keep your teeth strong. Visiting a dentist will leave you with a comprehensive assessment of your oral health and education on how to keep your mouth strong.