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With all of the dental filling options out there, you’re probably wondering which one will be the best one for your mouth now and in the future. Today our team is going to give you an inside look at the two different dental filling options most commonly used by dentists today.

Composite

Composite fillings generally are referred to as tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are typically used in the front and back teeth for appearance and health reasons. Composite materials used in these fillings can a light amount of pressure from chewing. These fillings are generally used for small to medium repairs and are a good choice for those who are looking for a more natural feel and look.

Dental amalgam

Often called, silver-colored fillings, amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin and copper. This method has been used for years by dentists as a cavity filling option. This filling tends to withstand pressure better and is a more affordable.

Silver fillings typically last for 10 to 15 years, outlasting composite fillings. Silver feelings aren’t typically used in front teeth, because they don’t match the natural tooth color.

If you are expecting a filling at your next appointment, know your options and speak with your dentist about what will work best for your teeth. Please give us a call today with any of your questions or concerns by calling 912-354-9541.