Porcelain Fillings Vs. Silver Fillings

By Ugly Duck Team - October 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Porcelain Fillings Vs. Silver Fillings

When your tooth needs filling, we have various materials we can use to fill your tooth. Which material is best for you depends on different factors. Two of the most common materials used are silver and porcelain.

Porcelain Fillings Are Typically Best When…

Porcelain is a non-crystalline gas made from oxygen and silicone most often used as inlays on your teeth. Dentists recommend them for fillings usually when:

  • The cavity is larger or located in an area that undergoes more chewing pressure
  • the tooth’s cavity is visible when you smile or talk so matching the tooth color is preferable

According to the American Dental Association, porcelain fillings are durable and many patients prefer them because they match their teeth better than fillings. However, porcelain fillings, on occasion, do not last as long as composite metal or silver fillings do.

Silver Fillings Are Usually Best When…

Silver fillings are made from silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Many people worry mercury is harmful, but the chemical makeup of mercury alters when it’s used as part of a dental filling or amalgam. Silver fillings are cheaper and more commonly used to fill smaller cavities. Also, silver fillings are best suited when placed in areas of your mouth like molars or when you have cavities below the gum line.

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