There are many restorative filling materials in dentistry, each having their own specific advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Moussalli uses all of these materials, matching your treatment needs with the filling material of choice.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Tooth-colored restorations include composite bonding material, resin or ceramic inlays and onlays, and some “hybrid” materials. There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Their greatest advantage is their superior cosmetic result, making them an ideal material when esthetics is especially important. They are all bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth thanks to new stronger bonding technology. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger. Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations, which can do wonders to help create a beautiful smile. We obtain particularly nice results when we first perform teeth whitening (bleaching) and then replace silver fillings with fillings that match your nicely whitened teeth.
Advantages of Silver Fillings, or Amalgam
Dental Amalgam is a commonly used dental filling material that has been used for over 150 years. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, such as low cost, strength, durability, and greater resistance to bacteria and recurring decay.
Amalgam is used in dentistry for a number of reasons. It is relatively easy to use and manipulate during placement; it remains soft for a short time so it can be packed to fill any irregular volume, and then forms a hard compound. Amalgam possesses greater longevity than other direct restorative materials, such as composite. According to recent research, most amalgam restorations last twice as long as composite bonding material. However, with recent improvements in composite material science, it should be noted that this difference is decreasing.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
Advantages of Gold Inlays and Onlays
For those wanting the longest lasting restorative filling possible, gold is still the answer. It is commonly known that when dentists themselves require a restoration in an area that is cosmetically not visible, a majority chose gold. Gold is also wonderfully biocompatible. Placement of gold inlays and onlays is a two appointment process. They can be used to replace either composite or amalgam fillings. The only disadvantage to gold restorations is their cost. However, they can actually prove to be less costly than other options when considering their longevity.