Since nearly all adults have cavities at some point in their life and since a bright white smile is the new standard in dental care, many people are wondering about the differences between silver fillings and tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings.
Silver fillings, which are also known as amalgams, are made of a combination of metals such as silver, tin, and mercury. Copper can also be thrown into the mix. White fillings, which are also known as composite fillings, are made of plastic and ceramic.
Both options can be used to fill cavities, but unlike amalgam fillings, our tooth-colored composite fillings can be used to successfully treat even the smallest of cavities.
A lot of people don’t like the idea of having metal in their mouth, but the FDA has conducted extensive research on the use of amalgam fillings and determined them to be safe for adults and children over the age of 6.
Because silver fillings are highly durable, they’re often the best choice for molars or other teeth that are used heavily. Also, because the material in silver fillings hardens quicker, dentists can more easily place these fillings in areas that will reach below the gum line.
It’s their color. If you have a cavity in a tooth that can easily be seen when you smile, eat, or talk, a white filling definitely has the advantage. Note though that they are not as durable as silver fillings which means they may not last as long – that’s one reason insurance companies set limitations on their use.
Composite fillings adhere to the tooth with a clear bonding material. And since composite fillings closely mimic the color of natural teeth, it’s not obvious to others that you have a filling. Many people complain that “having a mouthful of metal” is embarrassing, so white fillings, so solve that problem.
If you have a cavity to be filled, or even suspect that you have one, and live in or around the Calgary, AB area, make an appointment today with Comfort Care Dentistry to learn more about the options you have to achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of! We provide personalized care to all of our patients because we believe in living up to our motto: “Your health, your smile, your dentist.”