A dental filling is a restorative material used to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of the missing tooth structure. Most dental fillings are dental amalgams, or silver fillings, made from an alloy of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. However, tooth-colored filling materials are also available.
In the past, silver amalgam fillings were used to restore teeth. These fillings, while durable, are unattractive and can be noticeable in your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are a much better option for restoring teeth. These fillings are made of composite resin, the same color as your natural teeth.
Silver fillings are also known as “amalgam” fillings. They are made from a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. The mercury in silver fillings makes them controversial, but the FDA considers them safe for most people.
Amalgam fillingsThe biggest reason many people choose amalgam fillings is that they’re the cheapest option. Patients who want to save money often choose this option.
They’re also durable and don’t fall out, so they’re a good option if you’re prone to cavities and need to have cavities filled. They’re also commonly used for back teeth because they’re strong and durable.
However, many patients don’t like the way they look. They don’t match the color of your teeth, so they’re very obvious. They don’t bond to your teeth, so they’re very noticeable when you laugh or open your mouth wide.
How to care for dental fillings?
The aftercare for dental fillings is fairly simple. Here are a few tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- Avoid consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar.
- Try to avoid damaging your teeth. Don’t chew on ice or hard candy.
- See your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups.
- If you indulge in sport, be sure to wear a mouthguard.
The dentist and the team are happy to explain the dental treatments offered at the practice in detail. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to give Denist in Atlanta GA a call at (404) 255-4575 and schedule a consultation.