When you have a cavity treated at our dental practice, you can have your cavity filled with either a traditional silver amalgam filling or a tooth-colored composite filling. If you need treatment for a dental cavity, visit us at Myles F. Sadler, DDS. Our dentist near 79413, Dr. Myles F. Sadler, will be able to discuss with you which type of dental filling will work best in your particular situation.
Our dentist near 79413 will generally make a recommendation on the type of dental filling material to be used based on the size and location of the cavity. If you have a cavity on a flat chewing surface of a molar, it may well be recommended that the filling material that is used is the traditional silver amalgam filling. This is because silver amalgam fillings are much more effective in being able to withstand vigorous chewing forces; the fillings are less likely to crack under pressure chewing, and will not easily chip. These fillings are also more long-lasting than tooth-colored fillings. However, tooth-colored fillings also have benefits. To begin with, they are aesthetically pleasing and cannot be seen once they are applied to the tooth. So if a cavity occurs in the front of a tooth that shows when you speak or smile, you may well want to receive a tooth-colored composite filling. These fillings also call for less removal of dental enamel, due to the type of procedure that is used to insert them. However, these fillings are not as strong as silver amalgam fillings, and may be more likely to chip or crack. Although, the filling does bond to the tooth during treatment, so the tooth is actually strengthened by the filling. You will want to check with your dental insurance company to make sure that the tooth-colored fillings are covered, as they may not be in some cases. This is due to the fact that the fillings can be more expensive as they are more time-consuming to install.
For an appointment to see our dentist near 79413 regarding getting tooth-colored fillings, contact us today.