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Composite Versus Amalgam Filling

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an amalgam and composite next to each other The two most common materials to repair a cavity are dental amalgam and composite. Both materials do an excellent job of repairing cavities, but there are some differences to consider when choosing your restoration.
a tooth with an amalgam Dental amalgam, or silver filling, is made of a mixture of metals and is most commonly used to repair cavities in the back of the mouth. It is extremely durable and has been used for fillings for many years.
a tooth with amalgam However, dental amalgam does not mimic the tooth's natural color, and does not bond to tooth material.
a tooth with worn amalgam Over time, this can result in the tooth developing cracks and the filling falling out. It is also more likely to be heat- and cold-sensitive.
a tooth with a composite filling With a composite filling, the shade of the material closely blends with your natural tooth color. It is physically bonded to the tooth, is highly durable and visually appealing.
a composite being cured Composite fillings are typically more expensive. Many patients still choose composite due to the sheer beauty of the final restoration.
top down view of a tooth with a composite Both amalgam and composite are excellent solutions for repairing cavities. Your dentist can help you make the right choice based on your unique needs.
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