Are your cavities in need of dental fillings? Do you experience any tooth pain, or have you failed to practice safe and effective oral hygiene habits daily such as brushing and flossing? If so, a cavity may have begun to form and will need to be removed. Many times, there isn’t even sign of any pain, so a checkup from our team at Stone Lodge Dental, can correctly diagnose if you have suffered the ailment yet or not. If you do have a cavity, you will need either a dental amalgam or composite filling.
Composite fillings, also commonly referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are resin-based fillings that can be color-coded to match your teeth. Because they are typically seen as a cosmetic superior to dental amalgams, composites are typically chosen for their looks. Very small cavities may be impossible to accurately fill with amalgams, but composites can be used with laser-like precision for even the smallest of cavities. They are also mercury-free, which is a concern for individuals who may be allergic to it. With proper care, a composite filling can last a decade.
Dental amalgams have been around for over 150 years in America. They are typically viewed as silver fillings, but dental amalgams are a combination of silver, tin, and copper, with mercury used as the bonding agent between the three. Dental amalgams are typically much easier for dentists to place, and, when compared to composite fillings, amalgams are also considered more useful for larger cavities, and can typically last longer before needing to be replaced.
The choice between which filling is best for you depends on a variety of factors, including cavity size, tooth location, cosmetic preference, and cost. To speak with Dr. Ernesto Prida, please call us at 214-613-1500, and we can schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located in McKinney, Texas. Come in soon and we can have your cavities fixed in no time.