Types of Fillings: Amalgams Versus Composites

amalvscomp1“Amalgam” fillings, commonly known as “silver” fillings, have been in use for over 150 years. A mix of mercury and metals such as silver, copper and tin, amalgam fillings are most often used in back teeth. They are strong and resistant to decay. There is no evidence to support concerns about harm from very low levels of mercury vapor released by amalgam fillings.

“Composite” is a restorative material that is a mix of acrylic resin and powdered glass-like particles. It is used to create tooth-colored fillings, inlays and veneers or to replace a portion of a broken or chipped tooth. The color and shading of the material can be matched to the existing tooth.

Where amalgams require removal of some healthy tooth, composites are bonded to the tooth. This allows more of the tooth to be preserved and increases resistance to fractures.

Posterior composites are indicated for the back teeth. Anterior composites are indicated for restorations or smile redesigns in front teeth. Esthetically speaking, composites are superior in appearance to amalgam fillings. They can mimic enamel, are highly esthetic, and have a high polishability.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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