If it has been a while since you've needed to visit your dentist at Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City for fillings, you may not realize how many options you have available to you in terms of fillings these days. Long gone are the days where the silver amalgam fillings were your only real option. Now, when you visit Chetna K. Desai, DDS or Nancy Goldberg, DDS at Desai Dental Care, you can choose the filling option that is best for you.
Types of Fillings
Today's fillings can be made out of a number of materials, including porcelain, gold, silver amalgam and composite resin. Silver amalgam fillings are generally comprised of a mixture of silver, zinc, tin, copper and mercury. Composite resin fillings are generally comprised of a mixture of plastic, glass, and other tooth-colored materials. Of these types, silver amalgam used to be the most popular. Composite resin has since replaced silver amalgam fillings as the most popular choice for today.
Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings
While amalgam fillings were able to successfully repair cavities for many years, they do come with several disadvantages that make them no longer as popular. For example, amalgam fillings can lead to tooth fracture, they aren't visually appealing and there is some question as to whether the mercury in the fillings is safe. Amalgam fillings do offer greater strength and durability at a lesser price point, but for many, these advantages simply do not outweigh the disadvantages.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
Today, tooth-colored composite fillings are a more popular choice and it's not hard to see why. Tooth-colored composites from an Ellicott City dentists can be created to match the exact shade and color of your existing teeth, making the fillings impossible to distinguish from your original teeth. With composites, even if you have a mouth full of fillings, no one has to know. Your smile will always look beautiful and natural.
Other advantages of tooth-colored composites include that they offer good support and that they require less of the existing tooth to be removed. Tooth-colored composites are also very versatile, in that they can be used to repair chips, cracks and general wearing in addition to repairing cavities.
The next time you have a cavity that needs to be filled, it is important to know your options so that you can make the best decision for you. Both Dr. Desai and Dr. Goldberg highly recommend tooth-colored composite fillings for their patients at Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City. Call and speak to your dentist to find out which solution is right for you.