Cosmetic Dentist Fremont Dr. Brendan Selway and Dr. Frank Cortese

Metal Fillings vs. Composite Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to fill in cavities to help ensure further decay does not affect the surface of a tooth or any of its inner structures. In recent years, dentists have been turning to composite fillings (or white fillings) rather than using metal amalgam fillings. Our Fremont cosmetic dentistand the entire team here at the office would like to take a moment right now to discuss how metal dental fillings measure up against composite dental fillings.

Silver dental fillings are made from a metal dental amalgam material. To prepare the tooth for a metal filling, some tooth structure around the cavity will have to be removed. The hole is then filled in using a metal amalgam material.

Composite dental fillings are made from a sturdy, tooth-colored dental resin. The dental resin will be color matched to your tooth to ensure that it blends in seamlessly and does not look too apparent. The preparation of a tooth for a composite dental filling is just the same as the preparation of a tooth for a metal dental filling.

There are a number of benefits to selecting composite dental fillings instead of metal dental fillings. For one, less tooth material needs to be removed to prepare a tooth for a composite dental filling compared to a metal dental filling. Of course, another major benefit is the aesthetic benefit, as composite dental fillings are not as visible as metal dental fillings. Composite dental fillings are also not affected by the weather, unlike metal dental fillings which can expand or contract slightly in extreme temperatures. Even though composite dental fillings cost a little more than metal dental fillings, in general, the benefits more than make up for the price difference. In general, your dentist will likely want to place Fremont dental fillings made of composite material rather than metal amalgam.

For more information on how you can improve your dental health and enhance the overall appearance of your smile, please contact our Fremont cosmetic dentistry office today.