Dr Philip Makepeace

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The difference between metal and tooth-coloured fillings


The type of fillings your dentist chooses to place in your teeth can create a completely different desired effect than others.

Knowing the difference between the materials can help you to make an informed choice during your next dental visit.

What are metal fillings all about?

The purpose of the metal fillings is to mend cavities and substitute the damaged area of the tooth so that dentists can restore a decayed, fractured or chipped tooth. This ensures that a person may still speak and chew, making the tooth just as useful as it was prior to the cavity.  These fillings are made from silver amalgam.

What are metal fillings made of?

Metal fillings are also known as amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam is a metal alloy used in dentistry to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Fillings made with amalgam are also known as silver fillings. Although there have been some concerns about the mercury found in amalgam, it has been confirmed that amalgam is safe for anyone who is over 6 years old.  However, if you are concerned about your amalgam fillings, it is best to confirm your concerns with a dentist at Distinctive Dental.

What are some of the pros and cons of metal fillings?

The first advantage is that this type of filling is strong and lasts for a long amount of time whilst also being less likely to break. It is the least expensive type of filling material, making it more affordable.

The major and primary disadvantage is that this filling encompasses mercury. The reason why the amalgam has been deliberated as harmless is that studies have shown no direct link between the fillings and consequential health risks.

What are tooth-coloured fillings?

These fillings have the same purpose as metal fillings, the only difference is the fact that these fillings look like the colour of a tooth. These kinds of fillings are also known as composite fillings. If you want your fillings to seem more natural, this is a recommended choice. This procedure usually takes a longer amount of time to do than amalgam fillings.

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

A composite tooth filling is made of powdered glass and acrylic resin but is known to be less durable than metal fillings.

What are some of the pros and cons of tooth-coloured fillings?

The disadvantage of this type of filling is that it costs more and they are known to be less durable than amalgam fillings.

The main and primary advantage of tooth coloured fillings is they look like the natural colour of a tooth. This looks more natural, blending in well to the natural surface of the tooth.

At Distinctive Dental Care, we want our clients to only have the best, which is why we offer our natural tooth-coloured restorations at a reasonable and professional standard. If you may suspect you might need a filling, our dentists would love to have a look at your teeth, book an appointment by calling us on (07) 4151 166.

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