Minor cavities can be restored with either silver or white (tooth-colored) fillings. This type of treatment is a good way of correcting a small problem before it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem.
The traditional amalgam (silver) fillings are slowly falling out of favour because of their appearance and patients' concerns over their mercury content. Over the years composites (plastic, tooth coloured fillings) have become the material of choice. As the materials have evolved, they have become very durable for both front and back teeth. For situations that require additional strength, such as people who grind their teeth or have a heavy bite, porcelain fillings called inlays and onlays are recommended.
Protecting your investment...
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The care provided by the patient. Regular hygiene visits will prolong the life of dental restorations.
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.