Red Deer Dentists Discuss Amalgam and Composite Fillings

Getting a cavity is not an abnormal occurrence, and it is not a reason to panic. However, once you are aware that you have a dental cavity, you should get it treated as soon as possible. Leaving a cavity untreated can lead to further decay, and that may result in infection. Once infection manifests, you could require more than a simple filling. If you believe that you have a cavity, book a dental exam at a Red Deer dental clinic at your earliest convenience. We will examine your teeth and treat them as needed.

Composite or Amalgam Filling – Which One Should You Choose?
When you need to get a tooth filled, you may have the option of getting either a composite or an amalgam filling. The following are the major differences between the two:

1. Colour: Amalgam fillings are a shiny, silvery-grey shade. Composite resin fillings resemble the natural colour of teeth.
2. Composition: Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals, including silver and mercury. Composite filling material is made from a blend of plastic resin and powdered glass.
3. Cost: Composite filling material is generally more expensive than amalgam; however, they bond to natural tooth structure and are thought to reduce chance of the natural tooth structure fracturing
4. Durability: Both materials are durable, but each of them provides a different kind of strength. A composite filling requires less drilling and removal of tooth material, and it bonds to the tooth quite well. In fact, the composite material actually helps to maintain the shape of the tooth by holding it together. An amalgam filling hardens in the tooth after being placed there, and it can endure for a very long time but it tends to “expand” over time thus may cause tooth fractures.
5. Accessibility: Different areas of the mouth may benefit from different kinds of materials. Teeth that are more difficult for your dentist to access may be better served by amalgam material. This is because an amalgam filling can be exposed to moisture upon placement, as opposed to composite material, which must be very dry when it is placed in a tooth. On the other hand, composite material gives teeth a more natural appearance, so it is usually a better choice for a tooth near the front of the mouth.

Consult Your Red Deer Dentist About the Best Filling Material for You
The best way to select the right filling material is to discuss the matter with your dentist. The professionals at Parkland Mall Dental Centre can answer your questions about filling cavities, as well as your other dental concerns.

If you have a cavity or other dental issue, call us at 403-342-1118. Also, please feel free to complete our easy online contact form for more information.