Different Types of Dental Fillings

Fillings are among the most commonly undertaken dental procedures. They help to protect damaged teeth from further decay. At Park 56 Dental, we offer dental fillings serving NYC . There are a number of different types of fillings to choose from, to suit the patient’s individual needs.

Amalgam Fillings

Traditional, non-bonded, amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of mercury and other metals. One of the most economical choices, amalgam fillings are strong and durable and can last up to a decade. Amalgam fillings are often used on back teeth, where their metallic color is less noticeable.

Composite Resin Fillings

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Composite resin fillings are discreet and fairly durable. Since the resin bonds directly with the tooth, it can actually strengthen the tooth. Special care must be taken when applying the resin. Resin fillings are a little more expensive than amalgam ones and slightly less hardwearing.

Gold Fillings

Gold is an extremely tough material. Gold fillings are therefore especially durable. Unlike mercury amalgam, gold will not corrode over time. However, gold is relatively expensive. Having a gold filling fitted may require more than one dental visit. Gold is most commonly used for inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are generally made of porcelain. They are tooth colored and therefore discreet. They are also less prone to staining or wear than amalgam fillings. As ceramic is relatively material, ceramic fillings must be of a certain thickness to prevent breakage.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Made from a mixture of acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate, a component of glass, these fillings are often recommended for patients with extensive root decay or caries. Glass ionomer is also often used on baby teeth and to line other types of fillings. These fillings bond with the tooth, preventing further decay. They also release fluoride, helping to strengthen teeth. Glass ionomer is less durable than composite resin, however.

At Park 56 Dental, we offer a variety of different kinds of fillings. To find out more about the best treatment option for you, visit our website, or call us at (646) 783-3529 to schedule an appointment.