Dental fillings can be complicating to understand. With three different choices, you may wonder which one is best for you. We hope the following information will help you make a well-informed decision.
These fillings are the silver ones that you are probably used to seeing, or you may have already. These fillings are the most durable. They usually don’t need replacing, so people end up saving money compared to the other types.
The silver fillings may be durable, but they stand out, and that bothers some people. Composite fillings are the same color as your teeth. Most people can’t see them when you open your mouth. The composite is made up of plastic and glass. They are strong, but may need replacing if they become worn out or fall out.
One of the reasons people do not choose this filling is because they can stain – just like the rest of your teeth. They may also cause tooth sensitivity, but our dentist can solve this if it becomes a problem.
This is another filling option that is tooth colored. The difference is that this tooth is made of acrylic and glass with the added bonus of having fluoride mixed into it. The fluoride keeps the tooth from decaying, and many parents choose it for their children since it has that added benefit.
The only problems that people often experience with these fillings is that they aren’t durable. They can also be a different shade than other teeth.
Insurance Coverage for Fillings
Most dental insurances will only cover amalgam fillings. If you choose to have one of the other types of fillings – composite or glass lonomer – you may have to pay the difference. The cost depends on which one you choose and how many fillings you need. The best way to know how much money you will have to pay out of pocket is to ask our office. We can give you a quote for the fillings you would like, and then you can make an informed decision.
We look forward to helping you improve your oral health by filling your cavities and providing regular dental care. Contact us today for more information.