Let’s face it—getting a filling probably isn’t the highlight of anyone’s day. But when you need a tooth repaired, you’ll be grateful for this common dental procedure. Here’s some information about fillings so when the day comes you need one, you’re prepared.
There are 4 types of fillings to choose between, each offering different benefits depending on your dental needs.
1. Silver Amalgam
Before porcelain fillings became standard, silver amalgam tooth fillings were the most commonly used. While they are typically less expensive than porcelain, their dark color makes them more visible in patients’ mouths, which is why they’re not used as often today.
The best thing about porcelain fillings is their ability to blend in easily with the color of your teeth, which is perhaps why they’re currently the kind most patients opt for. With a higher price tag than silver, these fillings tend to be just as effective.
While composite fillings are the cheapest option available, they are also the weakest of the four filling types. The upside, though, is that they can be made to perfectly match the color of your teeth, so they easily blend in.
The most expensive of the four options, gold fillings aren’t nearly as popular as porcelain or composite. Gold fillings are often considered the best, most durable type of filling available, however, the price tag and dark coloring are usually what deter patients from choosing them.
We Can Help!
Are you in need of a tooth filling in Salt Lake City? With each of these options available in our office, you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Contact us today and we’ll get you on the way to a better smile and more comfortable chewing experience.