A dental Filling is used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. The dentist will remove the decayed tooth material first and then fill the cavity with fillings. Tooth decay is caused by acids that are created when plaque bacteria break down sugar in your mouth. Filling helps to restore the damaged tooth structure.
The dentist at Cloverdale Village Dental provides a variety of dental fillings options including composite resin, amalgam(silver), porcelain or composite(plastic).
Your dentist will make recommendations based on the extent of the repair, the cost and location of the repair.
Disadvantages of Mercury Tooth Fillings
While both amalgam fillings (Silver Fillings or Mercury Tooth Fillings) and white fillings (Composite Resins) are viable options, but there can be some issues with the amalgam fillings. The edges of the silver fillings can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth is not being protected and let cavities get started once again. With age, the metals of a silver filling expand, contracts and can split. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gum.
Benefits of White fillings
The tooth colored fillings are esthetically pleasing and strong, thanks to new bonding technologies. These are made from composite materials or resin. Not only these white fillings are far less noticeable but they also require removing less of the natural tooth structure as compare to silver fillings.