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Pros and Cons of White and Silver Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Most of the time, you’ll have the option of choosing between a metal or composite resin or natural tooth colored filling when it comes to dental restorations.

You want to make the right decision for both your oral health and bank account. How can you choose whether a silver and a metal filling is best?

Get started by considering the pros and cons of each.

Benefits of Metal Fillings

  • Cost-effective
  • Long lasting
  • Are easier to place in challenging areas (i.e., treating small children, excess saliva, etc.)

Benefits of White Fillings

  • Look much better since they match your natural tooth color
  • More conservative because they create a chemical bond with tooth enamel
  • Don’t carry the risk of staining teeth like metal fillings do
  • Require less alteration to the tooth’s structure

To make an informed decision, you also need to know the downsides to both restorative options.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

The main downside to getting a silver filling is the fact that it’s highly visible. It can also tarnish with time, which causes teeth to discolor and darken. Silver amalgam restorations require more tooth material to be removed to hold the filling in place. Even if you have just a tiny cavity, getting a metal restoration will mean losing more tooth structure.

Disadvantages of White Composite Restorations

Thanks to newer advancements, there are fewer disadvantages to white fillings than in years past. Traditional composite restorations used to not last as long as metal fillings, but that’s beginning to change. However, they still cost slightly more.

You’ll need to get a professional examination to figure out which restorative option is best for the structure of your tooth.

Contact a local family or cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41
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New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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