Types of Dental Fillings

Types of Dental FillingsAmalgam acts as a popular choice due to its safe, hardy, and long lasting characteristics. It has been utilized for over two hundred years in dental treatments. Dr. Assili, Northridge cosmetic dentist, explains that amalgam is constructed of a combination of mercury, silver, tin, or copper. This unique mixture enables a dentist to lodge the filling into place due to amalgam’s softness and resistance to moisture. Amalgam fillings usually last for approximately twelve years. Dentists utilize dental cement to successfully anchor the filling in place. Amalgam fillings last for an extensive period due to their physical strength and the anti-microbial characteristics of mercury.

Some individuals dislike amalgam, silver in color, because of its visibility in their mouth. The occurrence of mercury also acts as a concern to a few patients. Some members of the medical community believe that mercury can cause a variety of illnesses. The safety of mercury is a hotly debated subject between doctors with no clear resolution.

Dr. Assili, Northridge dental fillings specialist, indicates that many of his patients prefer composite fillings due to their superior aesthetics. They are designed to reflect the patient's natural tooth color. Many insurances do not cover composite fillings due to the lengthy time its takes to embed them. Fashioned from quartz, a type of glass, and plastic resin, composite fillings take ten to twenty minutes longer to apply and do not last as long as traditional amalgam fillings.

Patients should always consult with their dentist before deciding on any plan of treatment.

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