Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In the past, the most common fillings were made of metal, either metal amalgam (a blend of metals made mostly of mercury) or gold. Gold fillings remain a good option, although expensive. However, these days most people want the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
There are two types of tooth-colored fillings. Composite fillings are the most common. These fillings are a blend of plastic and ceramic designed to be easy to use and capable of filling even small cavities. They start as a soft putty that can be hardened and polished to look like tooth enamel. The benefits of composite fillings include:
- Can be completed in a single visit
- Highly durable when used properly
For most small cavities, composite fillings are the best choice.
The other type of tooth-colored filling is a ceramic fillings. Ceramic fillings are custom-crafted in a lab to fill the prepared cavity. Then they are bonded to your natural teeth. Ceramic fillings:
- Are the most attractive fillings
- Restore strength to damaged teeth
- Resist staining
- Can be the longest-lasting fillings
For larger cavities, but not large enough that a crown is required, ceramic fillings are the best.