More dentists are choosing composite fillings instead of amalgam for their durability, their ability to closely match the color of natural teeth, and especially for their mercury-free nature. Composite fillings restore strength to the tooth, protect from decay, and last up to twenty years.
Composite Resin – A Healthy and Aesthetically Appealing Option
With the advances made in modern dentistry, alternative filling materials have been developed over the last 40 years. Many patients in need of a filling are opting for composite resin. Some of the benefits of composite fillings include:
- Natural, tooth-colored appearance
- Proven strength
- More insurances are paying for composite fillings
- Conservative procedure preserving tooth structure
Amalgam fillings are a blend of metals such as mercury, silver-tin alloy, and copper. This combination hardens to a dark silver color inside the tooth. Composite resin fillings are light in color and made with a mixture of acrylic and quartz fillers. This mixture hardens quickly, is more attractive than amalgam, and forms a strong bond to the tooth for protection and durability.
Because not all insurances cover composite fillings, many dental professionals still offer amalgam, particularly in cases where the filling is needed on molars or teeth that are less visible and experience more wear.
Which Option is Right for You?
If you need help determining which type of filling would best fit your situation, talk with your dentist to get a recommendation. A dental professional will take into account the size and location of your cavity, overall cost, aesthetics, and your dental history before making a suggestion.