When it comes to dental restorations, Avid Dental is proud to offer dental crowns Lindenhurst. Crowns are versatile devices that, among other things, can cover and protect a weakened tooth after a dental filling. But one of the most important choices you can make is what the filling should be made of: composite or amalgam?
Amalgam, or metal fillings, are made of a combination of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. When these materials bond together, they make for an impressively durable filling. Amalgam can last for several years, up to 10 or 15 years before you need to replace them. They are resistant to wear and damage.
Dentist most widely used this type of amalgam fillings before composite. Amalgam fillings have remained because they’re less expensive. Composite fillings, while durable themselves, don’t last as long as amalgam fillings and are more expensive.
The greatest advantage of composite fillings is that they’re metal-free. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can be toxic if the filling leaks or becomes damaged. Meanwhile, composite is made of a resin material that is more biocompatible. This means that composite fillings are healthier for your body and have no risks to your immune system.
Composite fillings are also called “white fillings” because they are tooth-colored. The fillings blend in with the natural color of your teeth and aren’t visible like metal amalgam fillings are. For aesthetic purposes, as well as health reasons, composite fillings may be the better choice for you!
Are you considering covering your new fillings with dental crowns Lindenhurst? We specialize in composite fillings and same-day CEREC crowns here at Avid Dental. If you want to learn more about our services in restorative dentistry, just give us a call today to make an appointment!