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Dental Filling: Which One is for Me?

Choosing a dental filling can be hard, and each type of filling is different. Take a look at the information below when choosing which dental filling is best for you.

Amalgam Fillings

A silver amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling.Dental Fillings - Francis Dental Provo

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and Dr. Francis can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today.  An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is not as aesthetic as a composite filling.

They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting smile. Reasons for amalgam fillings:

  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

You and Dr. Francis can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile. Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.