Are you aware most adults have cavities in their lives? It shouldn’t surprise you, but a staggering 92 percent of adults between 20 and 64 developed holes in their permanent teeth. As many as 26 percent of people affected left the cavities untreated. No data is available to confirm why people left craters untreated in their mouths. However, they must have contemplated which type of filling they must get for their teeth and perhaps did not bother contacting their dentist or advice.
All this while dentists were restoring decayed teeth with silver-colored fillings made from amalgam. Amalgam fillings have been around for nearly a century despite some controversies regarding their safety. However, the FDA confirms silver amalgam fillings are entirely safe and are not likely to cause any problems in people who have them.
Currently, patients can inquire with the dentist whether they can have white fillings instead of silver fillings when having their decayed teeth restored. White fillings appear natural and are now virtually indistinguishable from other teeth in the mouth and have become the preferred option among many patients who are even replacing existing silver fillings with tooth-colored composites.
The enthusiasm displayed by people to replace silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings has once again raised questions about whether silver fillings are worse than white. This article looks at the differences between the two varieties to indicate both filling materials are safe on the choice about which filling material to get is best left to the dentist treating them.
Modern white fillings have better strength than filling materials developed several years ago. White-colored fillings are bonded directly to the tooth to seal the cavity effectively. Silver fillings merely plug the hole without closing the margins or reinforcing teeth. However, silver fillings are durable and, when well placed, can last for several years.
White fillings are currently available in the market are durable and can last for several years with proper placement and use with good dental hygiene. However, the placement technique is crucial because the tooth needing dental fillings must remain free from contamination after the filling procedure begins. White fillings are contaminated easily by saliva to compromise the seal, causing the filling to fail and allow cavities reforming.
Therefore patients must discuss which dental filling material is best suited for their specific needs before choosing one particular variety based merely on aesthetic appearance.
Dental fillings become necessary when people develop cavities in their teeth by neglecting proper dental hygiene and allow dental plaque to remain on their teeth and deposit acids on their tooth enamel to erode it. As a result, holes cause permanent damage to the tooth, leaving people with no alternatives but to seek restoration from dentists with filling materials best suited for the cavity in their mouths.
Instead of choosing filling materials for themselves, people will benefit by visiting their dentist to evaluate their teeth by taking x-rays and determining the extent of the damage created by the bacteria. People must also prepare to endure the filling procedure, which requires the dentist to numb their teeth and drill the cavity to remove the rot within and disinfect the hole for bacteria and debris removal. The dentist better determines the type of filling material needed by the patient after considering the location of the cavity, the extent of the decay, financial considerations of the patient, et cetera.
Dentists recommend white-colored fillings for the front teeth that are visible when people smile. However, the placement procedure for white-colored fillings requires placement in layers, and each layer is hardened with a high-intensity light. Unlike silver fillings in the molars, which need fewer minutes to complete, white fillings require more time but provide the patient with an excellent remedy to restore their decayed teeth with a material that remains indistinguishable in their mouths.
The question of which fillings are better or worse is better put to rest right away because both filling materials have advantages and disadvantages. People concerned about the mercury in silver fillings can rest assured multiple studies have proven mercury in the fillings is safe and confirmed even by the WHO, ADA, CDC, et cetera. Therefore they are not harmful in any way when compared to white fillings.
White fillings are aesthetically pleasing and remain in patient’s mouths entirely hidden from view. However, they are more expensive than silver fillings and have five to seven years compared to silver, which remains in the mouth for nearly two decades. Therefore, it indicates people must replace white fillings often than silver fillings. However, comparing the two is unjustified because both fillings efficiently perform the job they are assigned and restore cavities effectively without causing any problems.