Common Types Of Dental Fillings - And Which To Choose

Common Types Of Dental Fillings - And Which To Choose

From the time you're an infant until you're long in the tooth, your dental health has a lasting impression on your health overall. And for most of us, our chances for getting a cavity increase as we experience a larger variety of scrumptious foods and drinks to indulge in, more opportunities to perpetuate tooth decay, and more time to deny the continuance of our overall dental health.

But regardless of your age or dental profile, finding the right family dentist for you and your loved ones' specific oral needs is important for continued good health. At Hockaday & Baucom, DDS, you'll find that your chompers are treated like kings and queens, because this family dentistry knows how important it is to serve your teeth wholeheartedly.

Check out why cavities can be a thing of the past when you choose the right filling below:

When Metal Fillings Are Right

Made up of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, the amalgam filling is perhaps the most popular metal filling. It's resilient and has a low-risk for being damaged further through normal wear and tear. However, considering how much attention they can bring, those of us who are shy about our teeth might prefer a different dental solution. Metal fillings also usually need more drilling done than other fillings, so choose this type if the extra attention you'll get along with a bit of initial installation pain doesn't bother you.

When Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Right

Tooth-colored fillings like composites, porcelain, and glass ionomer are much more life-like than many metal fillings. Also, less drilling is needed when placing most tooth-colored fillings compared with metal ones. Because of their more-real appearance, though, some of them can be more expensive. Choose tooth-colored fillings if you want the dental replacement option that most looks like a tooth.

Regardless of the filling you think is best to replace the cavity-induced vacancy in your row of teeth, the expert family dentists on site at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS, are ready and waiting to make your filling a fast success! Give them a call at (704) 553-2348 and find out why true dental relief can be found right here in Charlotte, NC, today.