Dentist in Waco Helps Determine the Best Filling Options

January 12, 2017

Looking for a natural dental restoration? Our dentist in Waco compares composite resin (tooth-colored) and amalgam (metal) fillings for you. If you or your child are facing uncomfortable sensitivity due to a cavity, you may want to visit our family friendly dentist in Waco, Dr. Rick Cofer. Premier Family Dental is familiar with dental restorations, specifically fillings. Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. We can provide you restored function, integrity, and most importantly, your confidence with a simple filling.

Why would I need a filling?

A filling restores a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. Before your dentist applies a filling, he or she will first remove any decayed materials from your tooth. Then, they will clean the affected area, followed by filling it with your dental restoration. By closing off the areas that bacteria was previously able to enter, the filling prevents further decay.

The two types of fillings Premier Family Dental offer include composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam fillings (a blend of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

Which filling is better for me?

Once a patient and Dr. Cofer have concluded that filling their tooth is the best option, he will consider which type has more benefits for the patient on a case by case basis. Let’s compare and contrast the two options between tooth-colored fillings and metal fillings.

  • Composite resin fillings (tooth-colored)

    Composite (plastic) resins match the color of your teeth, creating a very natural appearance. Biocompatible ingredients (metal-less) are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden, fitting perfectly within your tooth. Premier Family Dental believes that you do not have to sacrifice your appearance to gain the stability you desire in your teeth. The only thing to consider is that just like your real teeth, composite resin fillings can also become stained from coffee, tea, or tobacco with extensive use.

  • Amalgam fillings (blend of assorted metals)

    Amalgam (metal) fillings are very resistant to wear and tear over time, however there are a few more drawbacks to consider. They are much more noticeable when speaking or chewing because of their bold, dark color. You may need to consider whether your restorations are going to be located in the front or back of your mouth before choosing your filling materials. Also, these fillings are not biocompatible. A percentage of patients may suffer from a mild allergic rash because of the mercury present in the restorations.

How can I get a filling?

If you think a filling could be the right solution for you, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our team is ready to help you explore your options so you can feel confident about getting your teeth fixed. By becoming a new (or returning) patient, we can work together to maintain your bright, functional, healthy smile. Be sure to visit your family dentist in Waco if you want your cavities to be taken care of in the best possible way.

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