At the office of W. Paul Burns in El Dorado, Arkansas, treating cavities is a major part of dental care. If you are diagnosed with cavities, we will treat them with dental fillings. The most common types of fillings are composite and amalgam. If you are not sure what type of filling to choose, Dr. Paul Burns can help you determine which is best for you.
Both composite and amalgam fillings are effective in treating cavities. Their main difference is their composition and color.
Amalgam fillings are the traditional fillings dentists have used for years. They are composed of liquid mercury and a combination of metals to include silver, copper, and tin. They are durable, easy to maintain, and reasonably priced, making them a cost-effective choice for people who have numerous cavities to fill. One drawback to these fillings is their silver color which is easily visible when you talk. That is why these fillings are mainly used in back teeth.
Dental composite fillings are composed of ceramic and plastic compounds that match the color of your teeth. They come with several benefits to include:
When used in front teeth, composite fillings can enhance your smile by blending in beautifully with your natural teeth.
By discussing dental filling options with your dentist, you can make wise decisions concerning which is best for you. The location of your cavity, your overall oral health, and your budget may play a role in your decision. By choosing a combination of fillings — amalgam for rear teeth and composite for front teeth — you may get more from your cavity treatment.
To learn more about composite filling procedures and how they can benefit you, contact the office of Dr. Paul Burns in El Dorado, Arkansas. Contact (870) 686-4232 to book an appointment with Dr. Paul Burns.