What type of filling is the best? Well, there is no definitive best. It depends on the situation and at The Gentle Dentist, you can feel confident that Dr. Amit Sood will recommend the filling that will be most beneficial for your situation. Our Hempstead dental office
makes it our top priority to help you avoid cavities with prevention strategies, but when you do get a cavity, a prompt filling will nip the problem in the bud.
Amalgam fillings, made of metals such as silver, have the benefit of being exceptionally strong and durable. They are particularly useful for filling cavities in back teeth, which take the majority of the force from chewing. In addition, because amalgam fillings do not match the color of your teeth, they work better in the back of your mouth where they are not noticeable. In addition, they tend to be more reasonably priced than other types of filling materials. The drawbacks of amalgam fillings are that they are more obvious when use on front teeth, they require more drilling and the loss of more tooth material to accommodate them, and they expand and contract to a greater degree, which makes them more prone to causing tooth fractures. You can expect amalgam fillings from our Hempstead dental office
to last as long as 10 to 15 years.
Composite filings, also called composite resins, match the color of your teeth and as such, they are perfect for addressing cavities in front teeth. They also bond better to your teeth than do amalgams. Because of that, you keep more natural tooth material and there is less drilling required. They do cost more and tend to last only about 5 years, however. Composites from our Hempstead dental office
are typically not recommended for back teeth as they don’t hold up nearly as well to the force of chewing.
The longest lasting filing material is ceramic, which can often exceed 15 years. It is a more expensive material than either composites or amalgams, but it also has the benefit of being resistant to stains, making it preferable if you have personal habits that can lead to tooth discoloration, such as smoking or drinking coffee, tea, and red wine. Our Hempstead dental office
is pleased to offer you a choice of dental fillings to meet your specific needs.
Dental Fillings Hempstead
327 Nassau Boulevard South
Garden City, New York 11530
By The Gentle Dentist
March 17, 2014