COMPOSITE FILLINGS

Composite is most often used for cosmetic reasons, as they match the natural shade of the teeth. Plastic fillings are used for caries, discolored teeth, broken teeth, major cosmetic treatments and by bite-function treatment.

ADVANTAGES OF PLASTIC FILLINGS

    • Can be easily designed to resemble a natural tooth.
    • Matches the natural shade of the tooth.
    • It’s a durable material.
    • Plastic is a non-toxic material.
    • Long-lasting solution.

PLASTIC FILLING REMOVALS

      • Can’t restore larger tooth defects, such as larger tooth fractures or large holes, but a crown is recommended.

WHAT IS SILVER FILLINGS?

In the past, amalgam (silver plunger) was used, but these have been replaced by plastic fillings. Silver fillings contain a combination of mercury and a metal mixture of silver, tin, etc.

It is not common to make silver fillings anymore.

ADVANTAGES OF SILVER FILLINGS

        • Durable material.

SILVER FILLINGS

          • It’s poisonous because of mercury.
          • It does not have tooth-colored shades, resulting in a less satisfactory cosmetic result.
          • The risk of cracking/fracture in the tooth occurs more frequently in silver fillings (infractions), thus the risk of having to root larger.
          • Silver amalgam does not bind to the tooth tissue and therefore the bore must be larger than when boring to plastic that adheres to the tooth.
          • In addition, silver amalgam acts on the environment.

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