Choices in fillings offer you the opportunity to meet specific needs. Michael J. Weiss & Associates wants you to know about resin and amalgam fillings along with the distinct benefits and drawbacks of each. Eventually, no matter how much effort we put into brushing and flossing and eating the right foods, most of us will end up with a cavity. Our Hunters Point family dentist will guide you with recommendations for which filling is best in your situation.
Amalgam filings, such as gold and porcelain, have been around for a long time. Our Hunters Point family dentist recommends them for their strength and long lasting qualities. With back teeth especially, which take the majority of the force of chewing, amalgams are an a wise choice for fillings because they stand up to the wear and tear. Of course, amalgams are quite obviously different in color to your teeth and thus they are not as desirable cosmetically for front teeth.
Resins, also known as composite resins, have a specific cosmetic advantage to them. They look very much like your natural teeth and so they are the ideal choice to use on front teeth or any that show when you smile. Resins provide a more natural appearance, a near seamless look that does not give away that you have fillings. Resins bond better to your teeth than do amalgams. This means that our Hunters Point family dentist will likely need to do less drilling when placing a resin filling. Less drilling means that more of your natural tooth is left when the work is done and that is a good thing. In addition, many patients find drilling to be unpleasant or even scary and so using resins will usually cut down on drilling time, resulting in less anxiety.
In selecting between amalgams and resins, it is helpful to know that amalgams are tougher and more durable while resins look more natural and bond better. If you are not sure about which to use, simply ask our Hunters Point family dentist at Michael J. Weiss & Associates. Both are excellent options depending upon what benefits are most important to you.