Are Composite Fillings Right for Me?
At Athol Family Dentists, we know that cavities (also called caries) are the most common dental issue dentists treat among adults aged 20-64, and that they’re the most common chronic disease in kids between the ages of 6 to 11 and adolescents between 14 and 17.
Whether you or someone in your family is in need of a filling now or in the future, it’s important to know that there are two filling options available – amalgam and composite. Read on to learn more about the benefits of each.
Amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals, and are one of the most common types of fillings used in dentistry. Because they’re strong and durable, they’re helpful for filling cavities on molars, which withstand the most force while you chew.
This filling option is also cost-effective and long-lasting, and it can fill a cavity in one visit. However, since they’re metal, they’re noticeable and stand out against the color of a natural tooth.
Another popular choice, these fillings are made from a composite resin and are the color of natural teeth. This gives them more aesthetic appeal than amalgam versions, and they can be applied in one trip to your dentist. They’re also a great option for filling small cavities.
It’s important to note, however, that composite fillings are not as durable as amalgam options, so they may not be the ideal long-term solution for filling certain teeth.
Curious about which option is best for your unique smile? Call our friendly team at Athol Family Dentists today and we’d be happy to discuss the filling material that will benefit your oral health most!