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Types of Dental Fillings

If you have a cavity requiring a dental filling, there are a number of kinds of materials that may be used to complete the task. Gold, porcelain, silver amalgam and composite resin are some of the most common filling materials. Here, our Slave Lake dentists explain the differences between them to help you decide which might be better for you.

Fillings for teeth can be made from a variety of materials, including amalgam, porcelain, gold, and composite resins. In addition to being safe and long-lasting, each of these materials has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. 

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 relatively easy to shape and mould onto your teeth and because they bond naturally to teeth, your dentist will not have to remove as much existing enamel during the preparation process. 

In order to place this type of filling, your dentist will first remove decay from the tooth and then apply bonding material to the inside of the cavity. After this, the thin layers of composite resin are poured into the hole left in your toot. 

Using a curing light, each layer hardens into a solid state. When the last layer of filling has hardened, your dentist will shape the filling so that it matches 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.

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

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-ey colour may be appealing to people who prefer a more natural appearance, they are a long-lasting option for teeth that are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear and that may be hidden from sight.

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.

Like porcelain fillings, this kind of dental filling is created in a dental lab and then returned to your dentist who cements it into place inside your mouth. As a result, this kind of filling generally requires at least two dental appointments to complete. v

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

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