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Types of Dental Fillings

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, several different materials can be used. Some of the most commonly used filling materials include amalgam, gold, porcelain, and composite. Our Okotoks dentists explain the differences between them in today's post to help you decide which is best for you.

A variety of materials, including amalgam, porcelain, gold, and composite resins, can be used to fill teeth. Each of these materials has its own set of benefits and drawbacks in addition to being safe and long-lasting.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are plastic tooth-coloured fillings that look and feel natural when placed in a patient's mouth. 

Composite fillings are the same colour as your natural teeth, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. These materials are also relatively easy to shape and mould onto teeth, and because they bond naturally to teeth, your dentist will not have to remove as much existing enamel during the preparation process.

Your dentist will remove decay from the tooth before applying bonding material to the inside of the cavity to place this type of filling. The hole is then filled with thin layers of composite resin. Each layer hardens to a solid state with the help of curing light. Your dentist will shape the filling after the final layer of the filling has hardened to match the shape of your natural teeth.

Porcelain Fillings

A strong, tooth-coloured dental restoration is created by combining hard and brittle porcelain fillings with metal, which results in a tooth-coloured dental restoration.

In a dental lab, a porcelain filling is created and returned to your dentist, who cements it in place in your mouth. In order to complete the procedure, at least two dental appointments are typically required.

Amalgam Fillings

Silver in colour, amalgam fillings are frequently used to fill teeth located at the back of the mouth. They are a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, copper, and tin, among others.

While the silver colour may not be appealing to people who prefer a more natural appearance, they are a long-lasting option for molars that are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear.

Gold Fillings

In order to create a cast gold filling, a model of your tooth must be created. A mixture of gold and other metals, such as silver and copper, is used to create these pieces.

This type of dental filling is made in a dental lab and then returned to your dentist, who cements it into place inside your mouth, similar to porcelain fillings. As a result, this type of filling usually necessitates at least two visits to the dentist.

To find out more about the composite dental fillings that are available, contact our Okotoks dentists today.

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