When people think of going to the dentist to get a filling, they often think of the traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings. Recent studies have shown potential health risks with these fillings, however, and other filling materials are recommended. But what are the other options? Here are the common filling alternatives that are used by most cosmetic dentists today:
- Composite Fillings: Today, composite fillings are popular among patients at the dentist because of their invisibility once in place. The dentist will create a filling made of resins and fine particles that match the natural tooth color. This material holds up to most biting pressure and everyday wear.
- Ionomers: These fillings are also created to match the natural tooth coloring. However, ionomers are made from more fragile materials such as glass and acrylic and are therefore used in places where bite pressure is not a factor. A benefit of this type of filling is that it releases small amounts of fluoride, a substance that helps to repair and maintain tooth enamel.
- Porcelain/Ceramic Fillings: Porcelain fillings are made out of a combination of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and glass particles. While this is a popular option, the sturdiness of the material makes it more appropriate for pre-made dental work such as crowns, veneers, and onlays.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS offers a variety of filling types. The dentist will discuss your options with you to ensure that your filling suits your needs, desired results, and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment by calling (888) 775-8116 or visit our website for more information.