Your choice of what material to use for your dental filling depends entirely on you. Keep in mind that knowing each material’s reaction to your teeth is important.
Your dentist should be able to discuss some things to consider upon making a decision depending on your case—the shape of your tooth, the extent of the repair, and where the filling would be placed can all come into play in helping you determine the most suitable material for your dental filling.
Gold fillings are mostly made in a laboratory that specializes in dental fillings. Upon the procedure, the gold filling will be cemented into place by your dentist. This type of filling tends to last years, and this contributes to the cost of this filling. Sometimes, depending on the filling, frequent visits to your dentist may be required, so that’s always something to bear in mind.
Silver fillings are a friendlier option to the budget-conscious, but since a silver color among your pearly whites will be completely visible and obvious, it’s a less popular choice. Silver fillings still do the job though, and that is what is important.
Porcelain fillings are the most popular type of material for dental fillings. This material allows a laboratory to match the exact color of your tooth with the porcelain filling, making it less visible. It’s also stain-resistant. Price-wise, porcelain fillings can work out just as expensive as gold fillings – but always enquire first.
Composite fillings and amalgam are mostly used for direct restoration, whereas porcelain and gold are used for indirect restorations.
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