Tooth-Colored Fillings and Restorations
In the event of a cavity, Shadow Creek Pediatric Dentistry generally uses composite resin and tooth-colored restorations — especially in adult teeth. These are not only unnoticeable in the mouth, but they also strengthen weakened teeth. Many of these fillings also contain fluoride. On the other hand, silver/mercury fillings can be used safely primarily in baby teeth or for very small fillings in permanent teeth. They are also particularly useful in children who have poor brushing and high-sugar diets.
Tooth-colored restorations are bonded to the tooth to ensure a secure, tight fit. The remaining portion of the tooth remains intact and stronger. Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations may contain fluoride, they can also help prevent further decay.
Glass ionomer tooth-colored fillings are also used, especially in primary teeth and young permanent teeth. They are often placed in combination with silver diamine fluoride to stop the decay process and minimize sensitivity.
Silver, or amalgam, fillings have been used in dentistry for over 150 years. Dental amalgam consists of an alloy of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. These fillings have been consistently improved over the years to become safer and more durable than ever before.
Amalgam is less expensive than other filling material. Because they are more economical, amalgam fillings are often used in baby teeth. Esthetics can be less of a concern for baby teeth. Amalgam fillings are incredibly durable. Minimal concentrations of mercury are present in restorations in primary teeth.