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!

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