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What are the pros and cons of white fillings vs silver fillings?

Most patients prefer tooth-colored or white fillings in Flowery Branch, GA. Of course, silver fillings also work well to treat cavities, but they’re not aesthetically pleasing and can cause patients to cover their mouths when they smile.

White Fillings in Flowery Branch, GA

We offer two types of tooth-colored or white fillings in our dental office. The first type is made from a spreadable material called composite resin. Your dentist applies this resin in layers to fill a tooth after treatment. Then, we use a special light to harden the resin and finish the treatment with a thorough polish.

Another type of white filling is our indirect restoration filling. This is a cover we customize to fit the treated area of your tooth.

Both options are preferable for most patients compared with silver fillings. And your dentist can also use composite to conceal tooth flaws like chips, discoloration, and unusual spacing.

Patients with silver fillings sometimes swap them out for the visually appealing tooth-colored option.

Silver Fillings for Tooth Decay

When comparing silver fillings to the tooth-colored option, the silver does not hold up nearly as well. Silver fillings can detract from your smile, and the material does not expand and contract as naturally as its white counterpart to hot and cold.

And silver fillings contain mercury, an amount deemed safe in studies. But often, patients feel more at ease with a mercury-free restoration as found in white fillings.

Lowering Your Risks for Dental Cavities

No dental fillings are best of all, so let’s explore a few ways you can lower your risks for tooth decay.

  • Visit your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss daily, preferably after every meal.
  • Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks.

Contact Your Flowery Branch, GA, Dentist

We offer the latest in quality restorations and prevention. Call us today if you want to learn more about our dental service or are ready to schedule a preventive checkup and teeth cleaning.

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