When you have a cavity, dental fillings are what your Crystal Falls dentist will use to fill in the gap left over after clearing out the decay. At Renken Dentistry, we offer both tooth-colored and metal (amalgam) tooth cavity fillings so you can choose which works best for you and your needs and budget.
Metal amalgam fillings have been used reliably in dentistry for decades. These are traditional metallic-looking fillings that don’t look as natural as tooth-colored fillings but still have their benefits. They’re made of a combination of materials including silver, copper, mercury, and tin.
This type of tooth filling tends to be the most affordable and the procedure takes less time to complete than tooth-colored fillings. However, they are less aesthetically appealing than tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are a relatively recent advancement in dental technology. These fillings match the natural color of your tooth, meaning no one will be able to tell they’re there. They are made of a sturdy ceramic.
While the procedure for tooth-colored fillings takes a little longer than the procedure for metal amalgam fillings, due to the fact that the tooth must be kept dry throughout the process, many people opt for this type of filling due to its appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are also made of an extremely durable material and help strengthen the tooth better than metal amalgam fillings do.
To talk to your dentist about whether tooth-colored or metal amalgam fillings are right for you, call our Crystal Falls, TX office to book an appointment today.