In modern dentistry, two types of dental filling are the most common choice for filling cavities. Silver amalgam and composite fillings have for the most part filled different roles in dentistry, but with recent advancements in the advantages of composite fillings, amalgam fillings are quickly becoming obsolete.
First off, composite fillings are much more visually appealing. Our Armstrong Dental team matches your filling to the color of your teeth perfectly. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, show as bright silver on your teeth, distracting from your smile and can make you self-conscious.
Many people are becoming more and more concerned with the potential danger that amalgam fillings present as they are made up largely with mercury. Most patients would greatly prefer to avoid the safety hazard, so Dr. Damon T. Armstrong uses a mercury-free safe composite filling.
Composite fillings used to be weak compared to amalgam, so dentists would use composite in cosmetically important areas while amalgam was used in structurally important teeth. Fortunately with the advancement of composites their strength, durability, and longevity match or exceed amalgam fillings, removing the need for them entirely.
To learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please call our office in Blackfoot, Idaho, at 208-785-3310 today!