Almost everyone has had a cavity filled at least once in their lifetime. At Dr. Lyons,we offer our patients a choice in the material used to give their decayed tooth back the support it needs to function normally. In the past, the only options for fillings were colored, silver or gold. Today, we have the option to restore teeth with composite tooth-colored filling material that seamlessly blends with the surrounding teeth. Fillings are meant to be strong and durable, providing support to a tooth that has lost some of its natural structure due to tooth decay. Both amalgam and composite fillings can provide that support, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
Most patients elect to get white composite fillings instead of silver amalgam fillings for the following reasons:
Although most patients prefer composite fillings, there are some disadvantages to consider:
Some patients prefer silver fillings to composite fillings for several reasons:
However, there are some drawbacks associated with silver amalgam fillings, including:
No matter what, if you need a filling, Dr. Lyons and his team can ensure you the best option for your lifestyle.
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