Posted on Jun 22, 2020
There are a few different kinds of dental fillings available here in our Oakbridge pediatric dental office. Most people are familiar with traditional amalgam fillings, which are the silver ones on top of the teeth. Amalgam fillings have been used for over 100 years and are made up of tin, silver, zinc, copper, and mercury. The advantages of amalgam fillings include:
Many parents have concerns about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, but when combined with the other metals, the mercury forms a safe and stable material. The American Dental Association, Center for Disease Control, and Food & Drug Association are all in agreement that dental amalgam is safe for filling dental cavities.
We also office mercury-free, resin-based composite dental fillings. These fillings are white, allowing them to blend in more with the teeth. Composite resin fillings are made from plastic mixed with powdered glass, which gives them durability. Benefits of composite resin fillings include:
While they have many advantages, composite resin fillings may cost a bit more than amalgam fillings and will take longer to place. For help with deciding which type of dental filling is right for your child, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry located here in Greensboro, North Carolina!