Dental FillingsWhen you think of dental fillings, you most likely think of silver fillings (amalgams) or composite fillings (white resin that matches the tooth).  Though there are a few other types of materials used for dental fillings (gold, porcelain, etc.), we are going to focus on these two because they are the most common.  If you recently visited the dentist and found out you have cavities, you may be doing your research to decide which type of dental fillings to choose.  We’ve made a list of pros and cons for these two materials to help you in your decision-making process.

Silver Dental Fillings

Pros

  • More cost-effective for the patient; amalgams are less expensive than most other fillings, including composite.
  • Stronger material, which can withstand heavy use. These fillings are also very durable and will last for years longer than composite fillings.

Cons

  • Most people don’t like the idea of having silver colored fillings in their teeth. In addition to the filling itself being a different color than your teeth, silver fillings can also discolor the surrounding tooth over time.
  • More of your tooth may have to be removed to insert a silver filling; this may mean losing healthy parts of your tooth just to have the silver replace them.
  • There is a chance that you may have a negative reaction to the ingredients used in the fillings. Mercury, copper, tin, and zinc are all used in combination with silver.

Composite Dental Fillings

Pros

  • The white color of these fillings often makes them the top choice for patients. Your teeth will look as though they don’t have fillings at all!
  • The materials in a composite filling are designed to bond with your tooth to provide added strength.
  • No mercury!

Cons

  • More expensive than amalgams
  • Will not last as long as silver fillings

If you have any questions about these types of dental fillings, we would be glad to answer them for you. Just give us a call at the dental office of G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS.