Cavities are a pretty common, though unfortunate, occurrence in many people’s teeth. Luckily, they can be repaired through the use of different fillers. The two main products are silver/amalgam fillings and composite/tooth-colored fillings. So, what’s the difference?
These have been in use for over a century now, and are a very common type of filling material to use. These are a more standard material to fill in cavities with, and much more cost effective than composite or tooth colored fillings. They are cheaper than tooth colored fillings because they do not require the same level of care during placement, making them much faster to place.
Around half a century ago, composite was approved to be used as a method of filling cavities. This tooth colored filling is great for those who want a very discrete filling. While they are just as effective as silver fillings, they can cost more due to the time and procedure to place the filling. During this procedure, a resin is placed and then hardened with the assistance of a blue light.
Both of these fillings types are effective, and in the end the final decision is entirely up to you. It is a very safe, effective, and normal procedure and not one that anyone should be scared of. However, if you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, please let us know so we can make this experience more comfortable.