Composite, Amalgam and Gold Fillings

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Amalgam Fillings
Dental amalgam is made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, dental amalgam has been used by dentists for more than 100 years because it lasts a long time and is less expensive than other cavity-filling materials such as tooth-colored composites or gold fillings. It’s important to know that when combined with the other metals, amalgam forms a safe, stable material. Be assured that credible scientific studies affirm the safety of dental amalgam.Because of their durability, these silver-colored fillings are often the best choice for large cavities or those that occur in the back teeth where a lot of force is needed to chew. Amalgam hardens quickly so it is useful in areas that are difficult to keep dry during placement, such as below the gum line. Because it takes less time to place than tooth-colored fillings, amalgam is also an effective material for children and special needs people who may have a difficult time staying still during treatment.Composite Fillings
A composite or white (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.

Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited as well as better matched to natural teeth for long-lasting function.


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Gold Fillings
Gold fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are composed of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals and is usually considered the most durable, lasting 20 years or more.Wondering which filling is best for you? Call Dr. Schumm to evaluate your current situation.
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