Fillings are one of the most effective ways to prevent the onset and complication of tooth decay. The practice has been in place for a very long time and has been taken advantage of by dental patients as a preventative and corrective measure. Although little has changed in the process of filling the gaps in one’s tooth, advancements have given rise to numerous materials used as fillings.
Two of the most widely-used fillings are porcelain and amalgam. There are various differences between the two, which we’ll discuss in this article.
Amalgam – A mixture of tin, zinc, copper, and mercury, amalgam fillings are strong enough to withstand chewing and are usually applied at the back of the teeth. Although they’re resilient enough to last ten years and cost less, they can be unsightly to look at. They can also corrode and cause discoloration in your teeth over time. The substances used—especially mercury—may trigger adverse reactions in some individuals. When opting for amalgam fillings, be sure to exercise extreme caution and ask for detailed dental advice.
Porcelain – Although more expensive than amalgam fillings, porcelain or ceramic fillings work better for most people. For one thing, they match the color of the teeth, so patients don’t have to worry about how they look. They blend in well with healthy teeth and may be used as fillings for teeth up front. They corrode less, as compared to other materials, and can last up to seven years or more. However, they are generally more brittle and have the tendency to break. The size of the tooth may also need to be reduced to make way for more filling. Doing this should significantly help prevent breakage.
If you’re looking for the best fillings, you need to assess what your needs are, based on the differences between amalgam and porcelain. You should also factor in the cost of fillings and the extent of damage that tooth decay has done to your teeth. In case fillings won’t do the job anymore, you may want to extract the entire tooth or get a root canal to keep your teeth in place.
When in doubt, ask your dentist for his professional opinion. He should be able to give you a good recommendation on which method to go for. You may also ask Dr. Kosoki himself to assess your teeth and recommend which process is ideal for your needs, based on the extent of the damage done by the tooth decay.