No matter how many times we are told that dental hygiene is important, there are still a few of us that don’t take it as seriously as they should. That’s when the dental issues occur, and unfortunately, this is going to lead to many trips to the dental chair. But even the most diligent patient cannot always prevent cavities from developing. If this happens upon you, it’ll be handy to know about your options to repair said cavity. These days, there are three main versions of fillings available: amalgam, composite, and ionomers.
Amalgam. Amalgam filling are extremely durable, relativity inexpensive and can be done in one dentist visit. This type of filling can sustain a heavy chewing load and are usually used in the restoration of your molars but won’t match your natural tooth color.
Composite. Composite fillings consist of fine glass particles or quartz and resin, creating a more natural-looking filling. Unfortunately, composite fillings can chip off the tooth, discolor and stain over time and take a bit longer than amalgam fillings.
Ionomers. Ionomers are the least durable filling and are made out of a mixture of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. This type of filling is commonly used to fill cavities on the root of teeth or in small areas that don’t require any chewing resistance.
Cavities are natural and shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of. But taking care of the cavity as soon as possible will help prevent any further damage to your oral health.