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What are the different filling options

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Evan
What are the different filling optionsFillings are used as a repair and therapeutic approach to damaged teeth. Dental fillings are made of different materials, for example, plastics, metals, or glass. Gold, porcelain, amalgamate of silver, and colored plastics and resin are some of the materials used to make fillings.

Types of fillings

Gold fillings are strong, sturdy, and non-corrosive. They are estimated to last over 15 years, given the proper dental care. This makes them the most preferred filling option. However, they are expensive and require more than one dental visit for the entire procedure. Gold fillings are also noticeable, so they are most preferred on teeth that cannot be seen.

Silver fillings have a less aesthetically pleasing look and are mostly preferred on back teeth that cannot be seen. They raise concerns due to their safety issue as they contain mercury. Silver fillings are strong and sturdy, too, but prone to expansion and cracking compared to other dental fillings.

Composite fillings are aesthetically attractive as they closely match with natural teeth. However, they are not as durable or cheap. Composite fillings are usually made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They are the most popular and preferred though they wear out faster and are not recommended for teeth that use too much bite pressure.

Porcelain fillings are colored, and due to the ceramic knowledge present today, they are made strong and sturdy. Moreover, they are long-lasting and non-staining. On the flip side, they are as expensive as gold fillings and require more than one dental appointment to install.

Glass ionomer fillings are acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate and are used for indirect fillings such as inlays, onlays, and fillings that require extending below the gum line. They are mainly used on kids and last for about five years.

The patient involvement in choosing a filler

The patient must discuss with the dentist widely on filling options before a treatment plan is put in place. This makes them agree on the preferred and most suitable type depending on the condition. An appointment before the procedure is recommended to set up the treatment plan and clear the air on filling options.
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