Despite all your care in brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing them once a day, it is still possible you might need to have a filling in one of your teeth – decay, a chipped tooth, wear and tear, an accident. Your Dentist Epping might discover this in one of your routine dental checkups. Otherwise, if something changes in your mouth and you suspect something, contact your friendly dentist immediately.
Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the situation and then advise you in detail about the possible courses of action.
If you need to have a filling, the choice is often between a composite filling and an amalgam filling. They are both do a first-rate job at filling cavities but have different features that you will like to consider.
An amalgam is the silver-coloured filling made of a mixture of metals. It is most commonly used in molars, where its durability is an advantage. Because it is not tooth-coloured, it is more obvious, but it is not as visible in molars at the back of the mouth. Amalgam does not bond with a tooth, which can cause the tooth to crack, and the amalgam can fall out after some time. Amalgam fillings can also be more sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.
A composite filling is made of various plastics and mimics natural tooth colour, so it tends to be used in the more visible parts of the mouth at the front where it is more obvious. The fact that it bonds with the tooth makes it durable. Its disadvantage is its relative expense.
Your Dentist Epping will discuss the relative merits of both types of fillings for any particular location and situation you face. You will not have to choose between an amalgam or composite filling without your dentist’s expert advice on top of this information.
Based on your general understanding of both types of fillings plus the expert advice from your Dentist Epping, you will be able to make a suitable decision that will best meet your needs and enhance your oral health.
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