Amalgam fillings have been around for a long time because they are effective, durable, and last for decades. But amalgam isn’t exactly invisible, and stands out like a silver blemish among your pearly whites when you open your mouth. Some people also hate the thought of having mercury in their mouths.
At our Prairie Village, KS dental clinic, you have more options than ever when it comes to restoring decayed teeth. Dr. Smith offers cosmetic white/composite fillings and glass ionomer fillings that matches the color of surrounding teeth. Cosmetic fillings are great for treating the front teeth, but they can also be used for the molars and premolars.
White or Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are made of acrylic resin and tiny glass-like particles. The material can be colored to match the shade of natural enamel for a seamless, “invisible” look. Composite fillings have many advantages:
• No mercury or metal component
• Less enamel removal required during tooth preparation
• Composites can be bonded to the tooth structure and may result in a smaller filling
• Resistance to breakage in small to mid-size restorations
• Good durability
Composites look great and do not involve extensive tooth removal, but they wear more quickly than amalgam when used for back teeth or teeth that receive heavy chewing forces.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer fillings are made of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. They are often used to fill small cavities in areas that receive light chewing pressure, like between the teeth and the tooth roots. Glass ionomer fillings can be color-matched to your teeth like composites. Your dentist in Prairie Village offers glass ionomer fillings for patients who don’t like resin or plastic in their mouth.
Find out which type of cosmetic filling is right for you. Contact us today to make an appointment!