Dental Filling Material Options

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Dental fillings are dental restorations used primarily to treat cavities. They are relatively non-invasive and safe for patients. Dental fillings are available for all types of teeth, although the material used depends on the precise location and function of the tooth that has the dental cavity. 

A review of the types of dental fillings

The different types of dental filling material options to consider are composite, amalgam, glass ionomer, metal, gold and ceramic. Each is beneficial in its own way. The best way to determine which option is most appropriate for you is to discuss dental fillings with a dentist that offers treatment. 

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are one of the more common types of dental filings. They are popular because they combine a tooth-colored appearance with adequate durability, which makes them a viable option for teeth that are used more for chewing purposes. They work well for moderate-sized cavities, although they do not offer the same level of durability and strength as metal fillings or gold fillings. 

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam fillings are a cost-efficient option that are often used for molars and premolars. They have been used for centuries, and we know more about their safety and efficacy than any other dental filling material option. Amalgam fillings combine metallic elements, so they are more noticeable than ceramic or composite fillings, but they offer exceptional strength and durability. 

Glass ionomer fillings

Glass ionomer dental fillings are less durable options that combine acrylic and glass. They offer aesthetic benefits and are relatively resistant to damage, but they may need replacement more often due to their lack of long-term reliability. It is not uncommon to replace glass ionomer fillings once every five to seven years. 

Metal fillings

Metal fillings such as gold amalgam or silver amalgam are more durable than other types of fillings and can last for fifteen years or more with proper oral care. However, they are more expensive and not as aesthetically pleasing since they do not closely match the shade of natural teeth. Nevertheless, some patients prefer metal fillings due to the exceptional strength and durability and some like the gold or silver appearance. 

Ceramic fillings

Ceramic fillings are nearly the exact opposite of metal fillings. They offer exceptional aesthetic benefits, but they do not offer the same level of strength and durability. However, they do cost approximately the same as a silver amalgam filling does, which is why they are less often utilized than composite fillings or amalgam fillings. Nevertheless, for front teeth that are more visible, ceramic fillings are often the preferred option as they match the shade of natural teeth and can reduce the risk of teeth stains. 

Discuss all dental filling material options with a licensed dentist

Treating dental cavities early is important. Here at our dental office, we offer various types of dental filling materials, and we can help you decide on the best choice during a consultation visit. You can reach us by phone or by message to arrange a convenient time to meet with our dental team.

Request an appointment here: or call J David Civils DDS at (336) 387-7944 for an appointment in our Greensboro office.

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