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Types of Dental Fillings

Wondering what kinds are available for dental fillings? Most dentists offer a range of different materials for fillings, which may include:

Metal-amalgam-These fillings fill the tooth with a blend of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. They’re durable and powerful, but they look unnatural and give your tooth a greyish tint, so they’re not very popular.
Composite-Composite or “tooth-colored” fillings use crushed glass and dental resin in a tooth-colored blend. These fillings are very durable and long-lasting, and just like a natural part of your tooth look and feel as well.
Glass-ionomer cement (GIC)-Typically used for smaller cavities, this type of special glass is not usually the best choice for extensive fillings, but when used to treat smaller cavities, it offers great durability and longevity.

 A composite resin filling is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and matches the color of the tooth. Thus, composite fillings are used most often on front teeth or the visible parts of the tooth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, reducing the drilling needed (like for a amalgam filling) and they are stronger than amalgam fillings

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Gold fillings are made from gold allow which is extremely durable. This type of filling lasts longer than any other type. Gold fillings do not match the natural color of your teeth and are expensive, they usually cost six to ten times more than amalgam.

Glass Ionomer fillings are made from acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate, a component of glass. This type of filling is very strong and most often used in people with a lot of decay in the part of the tooth that extends below the gum. It is also used for filling baby teeth.

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