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How Fillings Have Changed

Dental fillings is a common dental procedure that most people have at least one time in their lives. Dental fillings are sometimes referred to as a dental restoration. If you have never had a filling or haven’t had one in a number of years you may be surprised what new dental filling options are available.

Mercury fillings are the standard fillings that are made by injecting a metal allow into the dental amalgam. The filling is about 50 percent mercury and looks silver but there are some healthy concerns related to the mercury content of these fillings. The mercury in a cured filling is not free which does reduce the risk but some people still avoid these types of fillings. This filling type requires undercutting which means that extra tooth matter is removed to create the best position for the filling to stay in. Some dentists feel like amalgam fillings are stronger than a composite filling so they are a good choice for back teeth.

A tooth colored composite filling is a common choice as well. These require less tooth material to be removed and look like your teeth so they are less likely to stand out. These filling are made of silica and plastic material which help them bond well to your teeth. The way the fillings fit into your teeth also reduces plaque build up.

Fillings can also be done with other materials. Gold and other metals are also options that can be used and can be very strong. Ceramic and porcelain fillings are also options. They stay whiter because of their resistance to staining but can be more abrasive. Glass ionomer is one of the newest materials available for fillings. These fillings are commonly used in pediatric dentistry and they release fluoride overtime to help protect the teeth.

Indirect fillings are also a new technique for dealing with cavities. These indirect fillings work for teeth with extensive DNA. These fillings need two appointments to complete.

Laser dentistry is upcoming and becoming a popular option for dealing with dental decay. It has no sensations and no drill sounds so it doesn’t require anesthesia or sedation.

In the end the best technique for filling your tooth it whatever the dentist recommends.

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