When a dental patient requires a filling, there are a few different options to choose from.
Dental amalgams are still the most common choice, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, but composite resin fillings may be a suitable alternative for some people.
Also known as white fillings, composite fillings are made from a plastic and glass mixture that is colored to look like a natural tooth - which may make them an attractive cosmetic dentistry option.
However, the AGD says that these types of fillings can cost much more than silver fillings - and the entire price is not always covered by dental insurance.
Additionally, drawbacks of this type of restoration include increased postoperative sensitivity and the possibility that it may not last as long as an amalgam. Estimates for the average lifespan of a composite resin filling range from seven to 10 years.
Patients who do opt for composite resin fillings generally do so because they want their dental work to match their natural teeth as closely as possible.
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