What is an Amalgam filling?
An amalgam filling has a silver appearance. It is made up of 50% mercury together with tin, silver and copper. An amalgam filling is strong and extremely hardworking. It is a stronger material then composite although it does weaken the tooth. With an amalgam filling the dentist would need to make an undercut of the tooth which would mean removing more of the healthy tooth for the amalgam to be secure, whereas with composite fillings there would be no need to do this.
What is a Composite filling?
A composite filling has a white and natural appearance. It is made up of powdered glass and ceramic material added to a resin base to give a tooth coloured effect. A big positive about having a white filling is in being able to smile and laugh without being self-conscious in front of people. Dentists can get the exact colour match to your teeth by using a shade chart and matching it to the right shade of composite.
No one would even realise you had a filling! They also have the advantage of producing less tooth sensitivity. As amalgam weakens the tooth there is more chance of it breaking and a broken tooth is expensive to restore. So although is more expensive at the start it could save you a lot of expense overall.
If you are unsure on what fillings are the best option for you, here at The Dental Studio we offer FREE consultations with our Treatment Co-Ordinators who can answer all of your questions. Call today on 01206 845891 to book your consultation.