The two most common treatments for cavities are dental amalgams and composite fillings. If you have experienced an oral accident or have practiced poor oral hygiene habits, it is likely you may suffer from a cavity. To decide which filling is better for you, our team at Berryville Dental Associates can craft a personalized plan to detail your needs. Consider either a dental amalgam or composite filling treatment to bring back your smile.
Composite fillings, also commonly referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are resin-based fillings that can be color-coded to match your teeth. Because they are typically seen as cosmetically superior to dental amalgams, composites are often chosen for their looks. Very small cavities may be impossible to accurately fill with amalgams, but composites can be used with laser-like precision for even the smallest of cavities. They are also mercury-free, which is a concern for individuals who may be allergic to it. With proper care, a composite filling can last a decade.
Dental amalgams have been around for over 150 years in America. They are typically viewed as silver fillings, but dental amalgams are a combination of silver, tin, and copper, with mercury used as the bonding agent between the three. Dental amalgams are typically much easier for dentists to place, and, when compared to composite fillings, amalgams are also considered more useful for larger cavities, and can typically last longer before needing to be replaced.
The choice between which filling is best for you depends on a variety of factors, including cavity size, tooth location, cosmetic preference, and cost. To speak with Dr. Gina Kaiser or Dr. Nicole Malony, in Berryville, Virginia please call us today at 540-955-0270, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment. Come in soon and we can have you smiling again with confidence!