Everything you need to know about fixing a cavity and filling types.
Biting into bitter cold ice cream, crunching on hard candy; what could be worse when you have a toothache? Could be, finding out that your toothache developed into a cavity. Unfortunately most of us can relate to the pain and frustration of a cavity at some point in our lives, but our oral health is just as important as our overall physical health. And just as we care about our bodies and want to use the best methods to take care of them, so should we use the best methods to care for our teeth.
When you develop a cavity, your dentist will typically suggest two different types of fillings, and recommend the best solution they see fit for you based on your wishes. These include composite fillings and amalgam fillings.
You may know amalgam fillings by their more popular name, “silver fillings” referring to their color. These were popular in the past for treating patients with cavities, but raised some health concerns. Patients were experiencing cracking or chipping of the amalgam fillings because of the material’s inability to bond to the tooth structure. This, as well as the material’s concerning mercury content and its silver appearance, earned the amalgam fillings their less-than-desirable reputation. These types of fillings are primarily used today for filling cavities in a moist environment.
Later, a new filling material was introduced to dentists that many patients request today. The composite filling is a more natural in appearance and matches the color of your natural teeth. This type of filling is generally used to restore a cavity in decaying tooth, repair a chipped or broken tooth, replace amalgam fillings, or decrease the gap between teeth with dental bonding.
Oral health is as important as our physical health, and should be treated as such by staying educated on different methods of treatment. Take care of your body. Take care of your teeth. Talk to your dentist about which options are best fit for you today.