What are the Different Types Of Dental Fillings?

Aug 30, 2023 | Blog

A dental filling procedure stops the cavity from spreading any further. By removing the decayed area in the affected tooth, your dentist will create space to insert the filling material. You can bid adieu to the cavity and smile with your restored tooth, which otherwise might have required a root canal or another treatment had the decay spread more. One primary aspect of how long your cavity filling will last is the material. So, in this blog, we will discuss the different types of dental filling. Keep reading!

Types of Dental Fillings

Generally, there are four known materials used for the dental filling procedure — silver, composite, ceramic, and glass ionomer. The color, durability, lifespan, and cost of the procedure depend on the material you opt for. Below, you can find a detailed view of the different types of dental fillings:

  1. Silver Amalgam Filling
    A common material for teeth fillings is a silver amalgam, which is made of silver, tin, copper, mercury, and tin. Factors like affordability, sturdiness, and the lifespan of silver fillings are what made them popular; they can last 12 years if you manage to take proper care.
    Keep in mind, though, that it is not that appealing for aesthetic reasons. Anyone will be able to spot the silver material. That’s not all; since the material responds to temperature changes, it might expand and contract accordingly. You may have to deal with fractures in your tooth or even a gap between the tooth and the filling.
  2. Composite Fillings
    Composite fillings are made of resin and plastic, designed to match the shade of your natural teeth. The procedure is simple, too! The material is placed inside your tooth while it is still soft, and a bright curing light helps harden it. Composite fillings are sought-after due to the color and aesthetic enhancement they offer, but they only last 5 to 10 years with adequate care.
  3. Ceramic Fillings
    You can find another type of filling or teeth made from porcelain material, called ceramic fillings. With ceramic fillings, you can expect durability. Plus, they address aesthetic concerns as well! Due to their brittle nature, they are generally used for cavities that are deep or large, which prevents them from breaking. But the material can resist stains and abrasion, making it an excellent choice!
  4. Glass Ionomer Fillings
    A filling is formed especially for children using glass and acrylic, though adults may qualify for it in some cases. Known as glass ionomer fillings, these dental fillings release fluoride into the affected tooth, which helps prevent it from further decay. However, they’re weaker than composite resin. Furthermore, they might be prone to cracks and wear away over time.

Which Type of Dental Filling is the Best?

Among the types of dental filling, composite and porcelain are considered the best. The reason behind this is that composite material directly bonds with the tooth structure and strengthens it. As for porcelain filling, they are durable, along with being aesthetically pleasing.

What’s Next?

There are different types of dental fillings available; composite, porcelain, silver amalgam, and glass ionomer. You can talk to your dentist to see which option is the best for you!

Champions Dental offers multiple services to improve your overall oral health. Schedule an appointment with us now at (281) 866-0442 or give us a visit at 13455 Cutten Rd. Suite 2g, Houston, TX, 77069.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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