When you have a cavity, one our dentists at Renken Dentistry in Leander, TX will carefully remove any decay and repair the tooth with a filling. In addition to cavities, dental fillings are used to restore teeth that are broken, cracked, or worn down from nighttime grinding, nail biting, or other damaging habits. We use metal or tooth-colored fillings, depending on your needs and budget. Since these materials are used to fill in the area of your tooth that was removed, they are called fillings. Our experienced dentists can help you choose the right fillings for your teeth.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are familiar. You might have some in your mouth currently. They have been a reliable standard of the dental industry for decades. These metallic-looking fillings don’t look as natural as white fillings that blend with your teeth, but they still have benefits.
- Affordability – these types of tooth filling tend to be the most affordable and the procedure takes less time to complete than tooth-colored fillings.
- Reliability – these fillings are commonly made out of a combination of materials including silver, copper, mercury, and tin. Although they are not as aesthetically pleasing as tooth-colored fillings, they can last reliably for years.
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Fillings
Many people grew up with metal fillings. The tooth-colored option is a relatively recent advancement in dental technology. The procedure for a ceramic fillings takes a little longer than the procedure for metal amalgam fillings, due to the fact that the tooth must be kept dry throughout the process.
- Appearance – the major benefit to these fillings is their natural appearance. Many people choose this option so no one can tell they have fillings.
- Durability – ceramic fillings are extremely durable. Since they are less likely than metal amalgam fillings to expand, they are less likely to crack your tooth over time. They help strengthen the tooth better than metal amalgam fillings.
Discuss with a dentist about whether tooth-colored or metal amalgam fillings are right for you. Call our Leander, TX office today to book an appointment.