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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Fillings offer an excellent way to preserve a tooth affected by tooth decay, but they're not all the same. Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger, your Slidell, LA dentists at Silvestri & Deniger, LLC, share information on several types of fillings.

Amalgam fillingsFillings

These silver-colored fillings have been used for years to fill teeth and used to be the only filling option. They're inexpensive and very durable, although they're also more noticeable than other types of fillings. Silver fillings are actually made of a combination of silver, mercury, tin and copper.

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are made of resin and are tinted to match the color of your teeth. They're often used to fill cavities on front teeth, but your dentist can use them on any tooth. Because these fillings require less drilling, more healthy tooth structure is retained when your Slidell dentist uses them. Although composite fillings were once weaker than amalgam fillings, today they're almost as strong.

Porcelain fillings

Porcelain fillings are also tooth-colored, but because these fillings are created in a laboratory or with computer-generated software, they can be expensive. Amalgam fillings expand and contract when they're exposed to temperature variations. Over time, expansion and contraction can weaken your teeth. Because porcelain fillings don't react to temperature changes, your filled teeth remain strong.

Gold fillings

Gold is one of the strongest types of filling materials available, but it's not used as often as other filling types because it's the costliest option. In addition to the expense, some people don't like the way gold looks in their mouths.

Ionomer fillings

Ionomer fillings are made from acrylic acids and glass powders. These tooth-colored fillings are often used to treat tooth decay on your roots. Ionomer fillings release small amounts of fluoride into the tooth, helping prevent further decay, but they may need to be replaced more often than other types of fillings.

Not sure which type of filling is right for you? Drs. Silvestri and Deniger, your Slidell, LA, dentists at Silvestri & Deniger, LLC, can help. Call them at (985) 641-7200 to make an appointment. Restore your teeth with fillings!

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