Silver Amalgam vs. Bonded (White) Fillings

Silver Amalgam vs. Bonded (White) Fillings

Learn about the differences between silver amalgam and white composite fillings.

While silver amalgam fillings have an excellent reputation for longevity and can last for several years before they need repairs, they are unsightly and do not bond to the tooth structure itself. Therefore, a socket must be carved into the tooth to hold the filling in place which leads to greater tooth destruction.

Composite white fillings, on the other hand, bonds to the tooth's structure and can be less destructive. They also have smoother margins which can help prevent plaque from accumulating around its setting. Here at Tweed Dental Care, we use composite for our restorative dental work to suit all your aesthetic and functional needs.

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