So, what’s the difference between the two? For starters, amalgam fillings have been in the field of dentistry for 150 years. Even though amalgam has been around for quite some time. Due to its strength, some dentists feel this material is easier to work with compared to the alternative: composite. Amalgam’s composition is made up of several metals, including: silver, tin, copper, and one of the least liked materials–mercury. ** We, at Dental Arts Group, pride ourselves on being a mercury-free practice!**
So, now, how about composite fillings? Composite fillings are frequently referred to as tooth-colored fillings. (And, just like you thought…they look and resemble the color of natural teeth). For cosmetic purposes, these fillings are placed more frequently than amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are generally reserved for front and back teeth. Even though they are more commonly used than amalgam to treat/fill cavities, “Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings” (“Mouth Healthy”). In addition, composites take longer to place because the tooth that’s being filled must be kept dry during the procedure.
In summary, both have their pros and cons, but remember having no cavity is the best! As always, brushing and flossing daily helps keep those cavities and plaque away.
Regarding both types of fillings: ***Please keep in mind that our Manahawkin office only offers porcelain or composite colored fillings. At our Manalapan office, we have both options–composite and amalgam.***
“Composite Fillings.” Mouth Healthy. American Dental Association. Web. 7 Mar. 2016.