For cavities, fillings are your first option. During this procedure your dentist will remove the decay present in your tooth and replace the missing tooth structure with a dental filling. While there are several dental filling materials available, at Somerset Dental Care, our dentists recommend composite fillings.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are the new ‘white’ or ‘tooth-coloured’ fillings that have replaced older silver/metal (amalgam) fillings. These fillings are preferred to alternative filling materials due to their more natural appearance compared to other dental fillings, and can be altered to be a near-identical shade of your teeth.
Composite or amalgam fillings?
Composite fillings are made of resin, are strong, durable, and reasonably priced. They also bond or glue to the cavity, which strengthens the tooth and insulates the tooth from extreme temperature changes.
Should amalgam fillings be replaced?
If you have amalgam fillings, it is not necessary to replace them unless there is a clinical reason. Amalgam fillings can be very durable.