Advancements in filling technology

It’s not exactly thrilling to find out you need a filling, but the ever-changing nature of dental technology has given patients a wider variety of choices when it comes to repairing a decayed tooth. Right now in your mouth, you probably have one or more fillings made out of metal. However, while metal used to be the most common method of filling teeth, your dentist will probably tell you that metal is no longer your only option. In fact, modern fillings are typically made from ceramic and plastic compounds in order to appear more realistic and blend into the natural color of your tooth. When developing these new fillings, researchers take several factors into consideration, including durability, quality, longevity, and cost-effectiveness. The American Dental Association suggests that there are three major kinds of materials used to make fillings:

Amalgam –
Amalgam is a traditional mixture of silver, copper, tin, and mercury. Made out of a combination of metals, it’s possible the metal fillings you have right now could be made out of this. Amalgam is a popular choice because it is generally less expensive, more durable, and very strong compared to other types of materials.
Composite –
Acrylic resin and finely ground glasslike particles are combined to create composite fillings. This mixture is tooth-colored and is often used in small to mid-sized fillings. It is geared to withstand a moderate amount of chewing pressure.
Glass ionomers –
These are made from combining fine fluoride-containing glass powder and organic acid. This mixture forms a solid filling that can actually release fluoride. Like composite fillings, glass ionomers closely match the color of teeth.

No matter which of these fillings you ultimately choose, it’s important to discuss your options with your dentist and find out how your True Care dental plan can save you money on fillings. Taking care of your teeth can be good for your health and your wallet!

Click here to return to the Articles main page
Join Now

Testimonials

Click Here for More

"I finally found something that really helps! The first week I received the Advantage Card, I saved $418 on Dental expenses. That was money I would have had to pay out of my own pocket."
- J. Britt, Orlando, FL

"I just want to say thanks for having this service for those that cannot afford dental insurance. I have noticed the savings since the very first time I used it, and I've never even heard of Discount Dental Plans before. I was so pleased with the company I called in to see what other programs they offer and signed up for coverage on Medical and Chiropractic as well!"
-Kevin, Philadelphia, PA

"The free prescription drug card is such an added bonus. I'm on a maintenance drug that used to cost me $107.67 every three months. After receiving my free discount drug card it now costs just $43.42. This is an annual saving of $257, which is even more than the entire plan cost. What a great free bonus to go along with my dental plan."
-Hassan, Sacramento, CA

"I became a TRUE CARE Dental Plans member on March 9th. I was able to get an appointment on the 10th and saved over $1,000. Even though I hadn't received my actual True Care Dental Plans member cards, the customer service was so helpful."
-Erin, Savannah, GA

"I am very pleased with the dental discounts offered with the Aetna Dental Access Plan. I think it's a wonderful, affordable dental plan, and have referred one friend already. I am looking forward to continue my membership into 2009. Thanks again."
-Kimberly, Tuscon, AZ

"I became a member of TRUE CARE Dental Plans last year. It was the best $135 I have ever spent! My membership reduced the price of all my cleanings, X-rays and other procedures."
-Carolyn, Jacksonville, FL

"I just wanted to thank TRUE CARE because I found a great orthodontist who gave me 30% off the new Invisalign braces. This comes out to HUGE savings for me. I didn't expect such savings on braces from a dental plan."
-Laura, Daytona, FL

Submit Your Own

Free Offers with True Care

Claim your free prescription discount card today! Claim your free Prescription discount card today!

True Care Highlights

Annual Offer: Pay for a Year, Receive 2 Months FREE!

  • Save 15% - 50% on most dental services
  • Includes your entire family for the same low price
  • Easy to use and no paper work
  • 30-Day Refund Policy