TYPES OF FILLINGS
Many options are available for tooth fillings, all have pros and cons. Types of fillings include gold, silver amalgams and tooth-colored composite materials.
Amalgam fillings which are rarely used now, have been used by dentists for more than a century. They are made of a combination of several metallic elements, amalgam fillings can be noticeable when you laugh, smile or open your mouth. They are the least expensive of all cavity-filling materials.
Composite Fillings sometimes referred to filled resins, these fillings feature a combination of glass or quarts filler and can be made to match the color of your tooth. Composite fillings are also fairly durable and are ideal for small to mid-size restorations in areas of your mouth that perform moderate chewing.
Many patients also want to replace silver-colored amalgam fillings containing mercury because concerns have been raised about their potential impact on long-term health. Los Angeles dentist Dr. Elyassi and his team at Wilshire Smile Studio remove amalgam fillings safely and substituting a non-toxic resin composite filling.
Tooth-colored are more attractive, some have fluoride to prevent further decay, and the resin (a type of plastic) strengthens the tooth. Replacements of larger fillings require a mold to be taken and sent to a top dental lab to design an exact fit (requiring a second visit to finalize).
Porcelain Restorations are tooth-colored and may less likely to stain over the composite filling.
Glass Ionomer fillings are a blend of acrylic and glass to create a cavity filling that releases fluoride to help protect the teeth.