Types of Dental Fillings

Types of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are an important part of restorative dentistry. If you have a cavity or a small damaged area on your tooth, a filling can restore the tooth to its natural size and shape, and can protect its health and strength. If Dr. Frame has recommended a filling, you might be curious about your options. Read on to learn about what fillings are commonly made out of.

1. Amalgam fillings
These are perhaps the best-known fillings, but they are gradually being phased out. They are composed of mercury, tin, copper, and silver and can last more than a decade. Amalgam fillings are strong and have antimicrobial properties. However, they are cosmetically unappealing, and many people have concerns about the mercury content.

2. Composite resin
Composite resin fillings are becoming more popular. These fillings are made with a blend of resin and quartz for a natural appearance. They bond chemically with the tooth and harden almost immediately, thanks to a special photo-curing process. Composite fillings are a more conservative restoration that requires less healthy tooth structure to be removed, and can last almost as long as amalgam fillings.

3. Other fillings
Less commonly, other filling materials can be used. These include porcelain, gold, and glass ionomer fillings. These fillings offer strength and durability, but they can be more time-intensive to place and often cost more than other types of fillings, making them less popular with patients.

Call us today to learn more about the types of fillings we use, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.

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