When you get a cavity, it is important that you get it fixed as soon as possible. Drs. Barmby and Frick are experienced dentists that can offer you plenty of options when it comes to dental fillings. And it can be confusing. With all of the developments on the market today, many patients have difficulty choosing which kind of dental filling are not only available, but most beneficial for their procedure. Unfortunately, fillings aren’t made one size fits all. Your choices will vary on a few things. The patient’s health, where and how the filling is placed and the amount of chewing pressure the tooth will have to bear all play into the filling available to your particular case. Once known, the components of the filling material and the number of visits needed to prepare and accommodate the tooth are then selected. Some of the choices include amalgam, composite and ionomers. But what are the differences?
Amalgam fillings are very durable, easy to use, and inexpensive when compared to other materials. Since amalgam fillings can sustain very heavy chewing loads, they are usually used to restore molars. However, amalgam fillings have a silver tone that is not natural looking, they could bring possible short-term sensitivity, and more tooth structure is removed to conform the filling.
Composite fillings are made out of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin. This mix produces a camouflaged tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings are durable and provide good resistance against fracture in small to medium restorations where there is moderate chewing pressure. Because less tooth structure is removed when using a composite, a smaller filling can be used than one using amalgam. Some downsides of composite fillings are that they are more expensive than amalgam, depending on the size of the filling and technique used by Drs. Barmby and Frick, the procedure time is generally longer, and they tend to stain and discolor over time.
Ionomers, on the other hand, are made out of a mixture of acrylic acids and fine glass powders. Ionomers are usually used to fill cavities on the root surfaces of teeth or in small fillings that do not require any chewing resistance, as they have very little protection against fractures. As with any procedure, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as you feel a toothache developing so you can discuss which option is better and most efficient for you.
For more information on fillings available to you, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick also proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoore, Berkeley, Martinez, and surrounding areas.