A filling is a way to restore a damaged or decayed tooth to its normal function and shape. The process involves removing the decayed part of the tooth, cleaning the affected area, and filling the cavity with a filling substance.
Nowadays, there are lots of options beyond traditional metal fillings such as porcelain, composite resin, and amalgam fillings. The kind of tooth filling material that's best for you will be determined by your dentist based on particular aspects.
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The kinds of filling options that are available today include:
Amalgam: Amalgam fillings are exceptionally resilient and comparatively inexpensive. This substance was used for at least a hundred decades and remains widely used now.
It's a metal of elemental metals such as mercury, tin, silver, and aluminum. However, studies show that a dental amalgam is a safe option. The other metals stabilize the mercury and decrease the negative results.
Composite fillings: A composite filling is usually made of glass or quartz and resin. These tooth-colored fillings are durable and more natural-looking than amalgam. They are also more expensive than amalgam fillings. But, composite fillings may get stained as time passes.
Porcelain fillings: Porcelain fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are created to order. They can be matched to the color of the tooth. Unlike composite fillings, they resist staining. They generally encase the most portion of the tooth. However, these fillings are somewhat expensive as gold fillings.