Healthy teeth and good oral health are critical aspects of everyday life. That’s why when we run into issues such as tooth decay that necessitates a filling, it can be easy to panic and pick the easiest or most affordable option at our disposal. The immediate goal becomes fixing the issue right away. And while that is understandable, it is not always the best course of action. Sometimes taking a bit of time to understand the options available and weigh their pros and cons can help us make the best decision for our long-term health and happiness. Let’s take a look at metal fillings and composite fillings and which one might be the best choice for you.
What is the difference between metal and composite fillings?
Also known as “amalgam fillings,” metal fillings have been used in dentistry for over a century. On the other hand, composite fillings are newer but have quickly become the favorite filling option for many dentists. There are a few different reasons for this; however, the first is an easy one: appearance. Metal fillings are the “traditional” filling – silver and noticeable. Composite fillings are much more natural and are sometimes almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Pros and Cons of Each Filling Type
Amalgam fillings are very obvious, but they are also quite long-lasting. Composite material is slightly less durable, lasting between five and ten years, but matches natural teeth much better and looks more discreet. Placement time with composite fillings can also be slightly lengthier than with metal fillings; however, they are less likely to expand or contract in extreme temperatures. Amalgam can sometimes lead to tooth damage if the fillings move excessively during different types of weather.
Ultimately, the only people who can pick the best dental filling material are you and your dentist. Reach out to our experienced team today for more information!