Dental Fillings in Coral Springs
Dental filling options have expanded significantly over the past 10 years, providing patients with safer and more aesthetically viable choices. Traditionally, most dental fillings were comprised of a silver amalgam, which consisted of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Although this type of filling is the least expensive, an doffers the benefits of strength and durability, many patients find the silver color to be visually undesirable, and the presence of elemental mercury in the filling material has been a source of controversy among many health experts.
Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry have led to the development of a number of natural-looking materials to serve as alternatives to conventional silver-colored fillings. The majority of these newer options are made from porcelain and composite resins, which can be colored to match the patient’s natural tooth enamel.
Popular Silver Amalgam Alternatives:
• Composite fillings — as their name implies, composite fillings are a mixture of resins and fine particles that can be designed and adjusted to match the color of natural teeth. While not as strong as dental amalgam, composite fillings provide a pleasing aesthetic alternative. Composite resins may need to be cemented or bonded to a tooth to allow for better adhesion.
• Glass Ionomer Cement — ionomer dental fillings are tooth-colored and are made from a combination of various materials, including ground glass and acrylic resins. Ionomers are typically used for fillings near the gum line or tooth root, where biting pressure is not a factor. Although this type of filling is more fragile than silver amalgam, glass ionomers release a small amount of fluoride to facilitate strengthened enamel in the affected area.
• Porcelain (ceramic) — porcelain or ceramic fillings are comprised of a mixture of porcelain, glass powder and ceramic, and this type of filler material is often utilized for crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays. Porcelain fillings are very durable, but can become fractured if exposed to prolonged biting pressures.
Whatever type of filling you choose, be sure to call Denta Smiles today for all your dental fillings. We can be reached by calling (954) 755-1222.