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Metal or Plastic Fillings?

Posted on 1/10/2022 by Mark Bieber
Metal or Plastic Fillings?The truth is that nobody wants to have their teeth decay, but it is a regular occurrence that can affect anyone. Although cavities are frustrating, the good news is that they can be repaired using fillings. There are many fillings, and it is advisable to seek professional advice before having your teeth fixed. If you are looking for the best filling, there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of these factors are the size of your cavity, its location, and what the dentist will recommend. Most patients considering repairing their teeth with fillings tend to struggle with which fill is better between plastic and metal fillings.

Metal Fillings

Metal fillings, also known as amalgam, are a mixture of metals with a silver-like luster. This filling is placed after the dentist drills the teeth and removes the decayed part of the tooth, and then shapes it for a successful placement.

The dentist mixes liquid mercury with the encapsulated powder alloy to form the amalgam used to fill the cavity. Most practitioners prefer using metal fillings because they are long-lasting and robust, making them less susceptible to breaking. It also offers extra protection to patients who are likely to develop cavities or when moisture makes it difficult for other filling materials such as composite to bond with the tooth.

Plastic Fillings

Out of all the different types of fillings, white plastic fillings are the most commonly used. Aside from restoring a patient's decayed tooth, these fillings also have a cosmetic purpose. Cosmetic dentists use it to improve the aesthetic appearance of the patient by reshaping teeth anteriorly.

Due to their white color, plastic fillings alter the color of pigmented teeth and are the cheapest and easiest to fabricate, making them a favorite for many. It is essential to consult a professional to determine the best and most effective filling substance for you.

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