A variety of dental fillings are available today that are strong, durable, and more esthetically pleasing. Using materials such as ceramic and plastic compounds creates a natural-looking restoration to your tooth. There are several factors to consider when selecting a type of dental filling based on where the cavity is located and how extensive the damage is to your tooth. Dr. Grant Skalnik will recommend the best options after examining your tooth and discussing your specific situation.
Replacing Silver Amalgam
This is the traditional shiny metal material used to fill cavities. They are composed of several different materials, such as mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Due to the fact that tooth-colored fillings pose so many benefits and are preferable to silver or amalgam fillings, here at Dental Care South, Dr. Skalnik recommends replacing these. We are committed to finding the best way to eliminate these old, unsightly fillings – whether you’re looking to replace them one at a time, or all at once, Dr. Skalnik will work with you to determine the best solution.
If you have old amalgam fillings and are interested in having those replaced, please call our office today at (205) 752-1929 or schedule an appointment online for a complimentary cosmetic consultation!
Porcelain is a type of ceramic material used in this filling. The appearance and durability of porcelain make this filling a popular choice. These are used as onlays, crowns, and veneers and resemble natural tooth enamel that can last up to 20 years. Just like porcelain veneers, a thin shell used to replace or cover part of the tooth enamel, these filling will resist staining.
Glass and Resin Ionomers
These dental fillings are composed of acrylic and a compound of fine glass powders that match the natural tooth color. The material also includes fluoride, which will protect the teeth from further decay. These fillings are typically used to fill cavities between teeth and along the gum line, where there is not a lot of chewing pressure.
Made from a mix of plastics and a material like finely ground glass, composite fillings have become a popular alternative to silver amalgam fillings. The natural appearance of composite fillings is why they have become the filling of choice for some people. They are also durable for mid-sized restorations and able to withstand moderate chewing pressure.
Visit Your Tuscaloosa Cosmetic Dentist Today!
If you have questions about the various options of dental fillings, contact our office. Dr. Grant Skalnik and his expert team are happy to help. If you are looking for a leading Tuscaloosa cosmetic dentist, contact our office or complete the online appointment request form.
We look forward to caring for all of your dental needs!