Dental Filling Types
Many of us dread hearing that we have a dental cavity. However, cavities are one of the most common dental problems and, fortunately, they can easily be treated through the application of a dental filling. There are several dental filling types to consider when you are in need of a dental filling. At Dr. Louis Buono’s Long Island cosmetic dentistry practice, we help our patients make the best decision regarding which type of dental filling is the best for them.
A dental filling, also known as a dental restoration, is used to repair a tooth that has missing or decayed tooth material. Dr. Buono prepares a tooth for a filling by removing any tooth decay or material that has been damaged or weakened. Next, the prepared area is filled with a restorative material to restore the integrity of the tooth. Our Long Island patients have several choices regarding dental fillings. Each dental filling type has its own advantages and disadvantages to consider and Dr. Buono can advise you on which dental filling type may be right for you.
Cast Gold Fillings
Cast gold fillings offer patients the benefit of strength and durability. Cast gold fillings will not become damaged under the pressure of chewing or biting, and usually last for up to 15 years. The appearance of gold fillings is something that some patients find appealing as they can be more attractive than silver fillings, while others consider a drawback because they do not match the color of the surrounding teeth. Another drawback to gold cast fillings is the cost; they are the most expensive dental filling type. Unlike other dental filling types, a cast gold filling will require two dental appointments for completion.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are comprised of a variety of metal materials. A major benefit of silver amalgam fillings is the cost. They are the least expensive filling option. Other benefits include strength and durability. Like gold cast fillings, silver amalgam fillings hold up well under pressure and last, on average, from 10 to 15 years. The biggest disadvantage of silver fillings is the way they stand out in your mouth. Most patients find this the least attractive of all the dental filling types. In addition, silver amalgam fillings require more tooth material to be removed than other filling types and are also more likely to crack or fracture because they expand and contract when they are exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred because they are the most attractive and discreet dental filling. As the name implies, these fillings are made to match the color of your other teeth. Composite fillings also offer further support because they naturally bond to your tooth. In many cases, composite fillings also allow patients to maintain more of their natural tooth. Composite fillings do cost more than silver amalgam fillings, which is one factor to consider. They are also more likely to chip and do not last quite as long as other dental filling types. Generally, composite fillings last around five to 10 years.
Alternatives to Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are an ideal treatment for cases of minor or moderate tooth decay. We offer our patients in Long Island restorative dentistry treatments such as dental crowns, dental implants, and dental bridges for more severe oral health problems.
Schedule an Appointment
We want to help you achieve your smile goals. To learn more about dental fillings or any of the other dental treatments we offer to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Louis Buono.