Tooth Color Filling & Amalgam filling

Tooth Color Filling & Amalgam filling

Tooth Color Filling & Amalgam filling

If your tooth has been decay or damaged due to an accident. Dental fillings are used to fill a portion of tooth or plug the hole and stop any future pain or discomfort. Dental fillings are done after cavities or decay in teeth are removed.

Type Of Dental Fillings

  • Amalgam Dental Fillings (Silver)
  • Composite Resin Dental Fillings (Tooth-Colored)

Our dental clinics uses the 3M ESPE Filtek for composite resin fillings. Dental Signature Clinics are amalgam-free dental center and uses composite resin for its dental fillings.

Benefits of 3M ESPE Filtek

  1. Nanosized filler particles create a brilliant polish and retention
  2. Gives excellent strength, durability and wear resistance for even the toughest posterior restorations
  3. Can be used for simple to complex restorations involving layering and combining two and opacities
  4. Low polymerization shrinkage for less stress on the tooth and less sensitivity potential for patients
  5. Fluorescence contributes to a more natural looking restoration
  6. Unique nanocomposite-based restorative combines strength and high-quality esthetics
  7. Source of information adapted from 3M ESPE website.

Amalgam Fillings VS Composite Resin Fillings

Amalgam Fillings

Composite Resin Fillings

Advantages

  1. Durability – lasts at least 10 to 15 years or more

  2. Strength – can withstand chewing forces

  3. Expense – is less expensive than composite fillings

Advantages

  1. Aesthetics – shade/color can be matched to existing teeth well suited for front teeth use

  2. Versatility in uses – in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth

  3. Tooth-sparing preparation – less tooth structure or drilling is involved than with amalgam fillings

  4. Stonger tooth – composite fillings can bond directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling

Disadvantages

  1. Poor aesthetics – does not match the color of your natural teeth

  2. Destruction of more tooth structure – healthy parts of the tooth may need to be removed to make a space large enough to hold the amalgam filling

  3. Discoloration – amalgam fillings can create a grayish hue to the surrounding tooth structure and tend to blacken over time

  4. Rare Allergic reactions – a small percentage of people, approximately 1%, are allergic to the mercury present in amalgam restorations

Disadvantages

  1. Durability – may not last as long as amalgams on average for large fillings

  2. Increased treatment time – because of the process to apply the composite material

  3. Chipping – depending on location, composite materials can chip off the tooth

  4. Expense – composite fillings can cost up to twice the cost of amalgams

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