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Dental Fillings

As a patient, exploring the differences between amalgam and composite materials empowers you to make informed decisions about your oral health.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings consist of a mixture of liquid mercury, silver, tin, and copper in powdered form.
They are often referred to as “silver fillings” due to their initial color, which may darken over time.
Amalgam is a highly durable dental filling material and less expensive compared to alternative permanent filling materials. 
Amalgam fillings require some healthy tooth to be drilled away to lock them into the tooth.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made from a tooth-colored resin-based material.
Due to their white colour, they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, making them an excellent choice for visible areas.
Unlike amalgam, composite fillings do not require removal of healthy tooth structure because they can bond to tooth.
Composite material is generally more expensive than amalgam.

When deciding between amalgam and composite fillings, consider factors such as aesthetics and durability. Consult with your dentist to determine the best option for your specific needs.

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