Types of Dental Fillings

Published date:
July 4, 2022
woman getting dental fillings

A dental restoration treatment often involves repairing a decaying tooth. The dentist leaves a hold in the tooth before cleaning out the affected area. Next, they use a dental filling to smooth out the tooth surface and restore its natural appearance. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of dental fillings dentists use for dental repair.

Applying dental fillings on patient's teeth

What Are the Types of Materials Used as Dental Fillings?

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Glass and acrylic are used to make this filler. They are ideal for kids whose teeth are still developing. Fluoride is released into the tooth to prevent it from further deterioration. However, because they are weaker than composite resin, they only last a few years before cracking or wearing out.  

Ceramic Dental Fillings

This type is made of porcelain, which is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. Ceramic fillings are more expensive than composite resin fillings, but they are tooth-colored and are better at resisting stains and abrasion.

However, ceramic filling has the disadvantage of being more brittle than composite, so it must be utilized on big cavities to avoid breakage. To accommodate the added bulk, the dentist can widen the hole of your tooth.

Composite Fillings

Plastic and resin are used to make composite fillings. The dentist inserts it into the softened tooth and hardens it with a strong curing light. It's a popular choice since it can be tinted to match the color of the patient's natural teeth, making it less noticeable than a silver amalgam filling. In addition, composite fillings do not last as long as other varieties. They can last for five to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Silver Amalgam

This is a widely used filler. Silver amalgam fillings are made up of a variety of minerals, including silver, mercury, copper, zinc, and tin. It's a popular alternative because it's less expensive, long-lasting, and durable than other solutions. A standard silver amalgam filling can last for up to 12 years. Since it is pliable, dentists find it simple to use.

Illustration of dark dental fillings

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Restoring your teeth to their natural state is an important part in achieving proper dental health. Contact City Dental of Wellington to get the best treatment!

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Dr. Pirzada's dental career started at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with an accelerated dual undergraduate and dental program. He then pursued further training with an oral surgery internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, focusing on complex odontogenic infections and dental surgeries. His post-graduate education continued with an oral surgery fellowship at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

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