Not all fillings are created equally! If you need one, there are a number of different materials to choose between. Each type of filling has it’s own benefits and disadvantages. Your dentist will be able to talk you through which is likely to be the best choice for you and your teeth.
If you’d like to know more about the filling options you have, we’ve explained them all below.
Composite filling material is a mix of glass and resin. It’s currently one of the most popular types of filling. The main benefit to composite fillings is that they can be mixed so that they match the colour of your teeth.
This type of filling material works well for small to medium cavities, and it has the major benefit of not needing as much drilling as other types of filling. However, composite fillings can become discoloured over time.
Fluoride releasing fillings
Some modern filling materials actually aim to reduce future cavities as well as just filling existing ones! These fillings are typically made from glass and acrylics. They’re designed to reduce small amounts of fluoride over time, which can help to protect the teeth around the filling.
Just like composite fillings, these can be coloured to match your teeth. However, they’re not always as strong as other filling materials. They’re best used in areas that won’t be needed to chew very much.
Amalgam (silver) fillings
Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of silver, copper, mercury and tin. They are very strong and can be expected to last for a long time. They’re also relatively inexpensive.
The downside of amalgam fillings is that they are silver-coloured and are often very noticeable.
Gold fillings are gold in colour and are made primarily of gold, though they do also contain other metals. The main benefit of gold fillings is that they are extremely long lasting. However, the colour is very noticeable and they can be expensive.
Ceramic fillings are made of high grade dental ceramic. Though ceramic itself is not usually considered to be very strong, they are chemically bonded to your existing tooth which makes them considerably stronger. Ceramic fillings are very natural in colour.
It can be difficult to know which type of filling is right for you without specialist advice. If you’re unsure which option to go for, why not get in touch for some personalised advice?