Replacing Old Fillings
Types of Fillings
There are three different choices that you have when it comes to filling a cavity.
- Composite Fillings – Natural tooth-colored filling, bonds to the tooth to provide added security.
- Gold Fillings – More attractive than silver and provide for a better fit.
- Porcelain Fillings – Also called inlays; the most attractive and durable of the tooth colored choices.
What’s In A Name?
Strong and Natural Looking
Replacing Old Silver Or Gold Amalgam Fillings
Don’t Count Gold Fillings Out
Gold fillings have been around for a very long time; and to this day, they do an adequate job in filling teeth. Today’s white fillings are, by far, a patient’s first choice when it comes to any kind of dental procedure that requires a filling because of their natural cosmetic benefits. This doesn’t mean white fillings are the best choice in every situation; gold fillings still have their own benefits.
Gold fillings are very strong and do not wear out as quickly as composite (white) fillings. In situations where a tooth requires a large filling and other treatment options such as porcelain crowns are not desired, a gold filling might be your best treatment option because of the structural qualities of the metals themselves; and composite fillings generally can’t withstand the forces exerted on them if they have to cover a very large area. Gold fillings generally cost less than natural-looking fillings, and patients that need fillings in any out-of-sight teeth often consider a metal filling.