Dental filling are traditionally considered the metal materials which are placed in decayed or treated areas of the teeth. If you ask older people about the dental filling, they will tell you the names of a few metals which are used in the making of dental fillings.
Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning here that dentistry has made huge progress in the recent times. Now, we have tooth-colored fillings which get adjusted with the teeth from the perspective of both functionality and aesthetics. However, it doesn’t mean that metal filling have become obsolete. They are still used for the weaker and damaged teeth and they still have some huge benefits to offer.
Metal filling are normally called amalgams. It is named this ways because it has to do with an alloy of metals which normally include silver, copper, zinc and tin. Some of types of amalgams contain mercury which is normally considered hazardous for health. However, American Dental Association states that the amount of mercury used in the amalgams is too small to cause any risk to oral and/or overall health. However, if you are still concerned about the presence of mercury in the amalgams, you can consider getting composite or gold filling.
Composite resin filling are also called tooth-colored fillings. They are made from a blend of plastic and glass. This way, the composite filling looks exactly like your tooth enamel because enamel is also a glass-like material covering the teeth. Moreover, the dentist may like to add colorings to the composite resin to make it indistinguishable from the natural part of your tooth.
Another way of getting your teeth filled is to get a gold filling. Gold filling is made entirely of gold and it doesn’t have any other metal including mercury. And it is usually fitted in the decayed area of the tooth after an impression of the infected tooth is taken. This filling, just like the amalgam, is sculpted from a pliable material and then hardened after it is fixed in the tooth. This way, you may need only one dental visit to get the treatment completed.
While you may like the idea of getting any particular type of dental filling, you need to make sure that you are getting that plan approved by your dentist before actually considering going for that plan. You may have very little idea about how a particular type of metal would react when it becomes a part of your tooth. Having it discussed with your dentist will allow you to go for the safest option.