Dental fillings are commonly used on our patients at West Road Dental in Houston, TX. Tooth fillings help to prevent decay and remove bacteria from teeth. We use two types of dental fillings in our office: silver and composite fillings. How do you know which one is best for your situation? Keep reading to find out the benefits of these two options.
Silver fillings (also known as amalgam dental fillings) are an inexpensive option and have been used by dentists for several years. An amalgam filling is made up of silver, tin, and mercury. The silver filling material is put into the tooth after your dentist removes debris and decay. With good care on your part, silver fillings can last a long time and are worth the small price to pay. Compared to other options, silver fillings are very inexpensive.
Composite dental fillings are used when there is decay on your tooth, or you want to replace your old silver fillings. They are also commonly used for cosmetic purposes. A composite filling is made up of tooth-colored materials which are layered onto the individual tooth. They are then shaped and finally hardened. They are safe and not toxic like mercury fillings are known for. Unlike silver fillings, composite fillings don’t require any cutting to the tooth. This leaves you with a strong foundation.
Contact West Road Dental if you are looking for a dentist to provide you with dental fillings in Houston, TX today!
A native Houstonian, Dr. Lepow entered the University of Texas Dental Branch at the age of 19. Understanding that cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving, Dr. Lepow considers himself a lifetime student and educator. His relentless study and accomplishments in cosmetic dentistry, occlusion and TMJ function have added an extraordinary passion for dentistry.