Common Types of Dental Fillings

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According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the number one chronic disease in both children and adults. In fact, only twenty-two percent of patients in the U.S. have not had a cavity before the age of seventeen. For the other eighty-eight percent, a dental filling is needed to restore the strength of the tooth or teeth damaged by decay. Our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist offers several types of dental fillings to best suit every case.

Types of dental fillings

• Amalgam: This common type is made of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. It is typically used for fillings needed in teeth in the back of the mouth. Amalgam fillings are strong and typically less expensive than other options, but do not match the color of the teeth.
• Composite resin: A popular option for tooth restoration, composite resin fillings are made of plastic and fine glass particles. They can be completed in just one visit and will match the color of the teeth.
• Gold: Though not as frequently used as they once were, gold can be used for inlays, onlays, and crowns. They are known to last fifteen years or longer.
• Ceramic: Most commonly made of porcelain, ceramic can also be used for inlays, onlays, and crowns. They last upwards of seven years, but are more prone to breaks.

Our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles can recommend a type of dental filling based on your specific case.

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