In pediatric dentistry, traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include composite (white) and amalgam (silver). The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Composite Resin is a mixture of powdered glass and plastic resin that is bonded to the tooth. These tooth-colored fillings are strong, durable, and do not corrode. Recent improvements in composite material science and a better understanding of the technique-sensitivity of placement have made it a very popular restoration.
Dental Amalgam is a commonly used dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, such as low cost, strength, durability, and bacteriostatic effects.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
What’s right for my child?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
Before treatment begins, Dr. Ramirez will discuss all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your child’s particular case.