Composite Restorations • Amalgam Restorations • Composite vs. Amalgam
Although dental enamel is the strongest tissue in your body, it is susceptible to the bacteria in plaque. Bacteria uses starches and sugars to create an acidic by-product. This acid softens the enamel, causing erosion and dental sensitivity.
Left untreated, the harmful bacteria eat away enamel and underlying tissue, causing a cavity.
Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. We will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.
Composite restorations, also known as tooth-colored fillings or bonding are made from a resin material that can be colour matched
to blend beautifully with your natural tooth enamel.
It can often be used to change the size or shape of your teeth, creating a more attractive smile.
Tooth stains and discolorations that resist professional tooth whitening procedures may also be masked by bonding.
Composite restorations also require less enamel removal and tooth preparation, allowing you to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Compared to amalgam restorations, they require longer treatment time and a higher fee.
Although bonding may not be as long lasting as porcelain veneers or crowns, it can last for a number of years with proper care.
Amalgam or silver restorations or fillings are made from a mix of metals such as silver, mercury, zinc, and copper.
They are more noticeable, especially when laughing or open-mouth smiling but are more cost effective compared to composite restorations.
Because of the metal alloy, they are more resistant to damage and are a superior choice and long lasting in large areas of decay
or where decay is below the gum line where composite is not suitable.
Composite vs. Amalgam - Which One Is Right for Me?
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
You and Dr. Chao can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth,
and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
For teeth in the back of the mouth that have greater decay, an amalgam filling may be the better choice due to its durability and longevity.
If you are concerned about aesthetics, then a crown or onlay may be a good alternative.