The teeth are at risk of cavities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And sometimes, no matter how frequently you brush them, cavities still find its way to damage the teeth, especially those in hard-to-reach areas. When cavities are present, the first procedure done to save the teeth from further decay is filling.
What is dental filling?
Dental filling is the process of professionally removing bacteria from infected tooth, and then refilling the hole on tooth with a non-toxic filling material that hardens like a real tooth.
Generally, there are two common types of dental filling material used by a dentist in Surrey. This includes composite resin and amalgam filling.
- Also called mercury filling, this type of dental filling is composed of different metals including copper, zinc, silver, and mercury. While mercury is known to have toxic properties, it is considered safe to use since it locks up mercury inside once all the metals of the amalgam filling dries up and hardens. Because amalgam comes in silver, it is better used on hidden teeth such as the molars.
- Composite resin. Comes in white, this type of dental filling is ideal to use on teeth at the front. Unlike amalgam, composite resin hardens by using a bright blue light pointed directly on it. This type is very strong and lasts long.
Which type is right for you?
Fortunately, you can save an infected tooth by just an hour of sitting on a dental chair with dental filling. However, to identify the right type, the location of the tooth is often the primary consideration. Unless it is not a front tooth that’s infected, you may go for a silver filling. Note, however, that having a silver filling on any of your teeth can easily attract attention.
If price is an issue, then know that amalgam fillings are cheaper by about 50 to 70 percent. And not just that, they are also stronger and longer-lasting.
Thanks to dental fillings – saving an infected tooth has never been this easy. It does its job well while also giving you the freedom to choose what best suits your needs.