There are a number of options available for patients in need of dental fillings. Teeth can be filled with anything from silver amalgam fillings (consisting of mercury mixed with zinc, silver, copper or tin) to tooth-coloured fillings, such as glass ionomer, porcelain or composite resin.
Let’s take a look at the most widely-used tooth-coloured filling options available for patients in need of dental care treatments:
Also known as plastic or white fillings, composite fillings have many advantages:
- Appearance: The fillings will be the same colour as your natural teeth.
- Cost: They are cheaper than gold fillings.
- Convenience: Since these are considered direct fillings, your dentist should (in most cases) be able to perform the procedure in one visit.
Your dentist will first clean the decay from the tooth and place bonding material inside the hole. Thin layers of composite resin are then placed in the hole and a special light will help solidify the layers. Once the final layer solidifies, your dentist will shape the filling material so it looks natural.
Keep in mind that this type of filling can break easily (especially in comparison to silver or gold fillings). Although composite fillings are cheaper than gold fillings, they are more expensive than amalgam/silver fillings. Recurring tooth decay is a bigger problem with composite fillings compared to amalgam or gold fillings.
Porcelain material is strong—making it one of the most popular types of dental ceramic used by dentists. In fact, porcelain and metal can be pooled together to create a sturdy, tooth-coloured crown. This porcelain-metal combo can be used almost anywhere in the mouth, the dental porcelain is the same colour as your natural teeth and the fillings will last a long time.
This material might not be the best choice on teeth that you bite down hard on (such as molars). And since they are indirect fillings, two appointments are needed to complete the procedure.
Like composite fillings, glass ionomer material also closely resembles the colour of natural teeth. The material contains fluoride, which can help prevent reoccurring tooth decay. Glass ionomer material doesn’t have to be applied in layers, so they are much simpler to place in comparison to composite fillings. It is also more affordable than gold fillings.
Glass ionomer materials are used on teeth where you don’t bite down hard as the material may not last as long as other fillings.
If you’re in need of a dental specialist in Etobicoke, then contact Princeview Dental. As one of the leading providers of dental services in the Etobicoke area, we offer our patients a number of prime options for dental fillings. Contact us today for more information.