What’s the difference between amalgam, composite and porcelain?

When you go to your dentist and you need a filling, generally all you need to know is that your dentist is going to take out all the decay out and replace it with something that will fill the void. There are a few options available to you, at Advanced Dental Care Clinic in Oxenford, on the Gold Coast, we educate you on your options and give our recommendations.

What is the difference between amalgam, composite and porcelain?

Amalgam fillings are quite simply the silver fillings that you might have seen. These have been a favourite with dentists for many years due to their strong qualities. Made up of a mixture of metals, they bond together to form a durable filling. The softened amalgam putty is placed in the void and solidifies to create the perfect barrier against decay.

Amalgam can be used in any tooth, and works well in large areas; however, those areas that are clearly visible might benefit from a more natural coloured filling.

Composite fillings are a more natural looking alternative to amalgam; they are ideal for small to medium-sized fillings and give a more natural look as they are white. Composite fillings can be used in any tooth and even if visible will blend in perfectly.

Porcelain fillings are good for filling a large area with a natural looking filling that is hardwearing and durable.

Which filling is best?

That is an answer that can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. Your dentist will need to assess the issue and determine the best solution for the job at hand. There is no, one solution fits all, as each filling has their own pros and cons, and depending on the situation one might work better than the other.

Talk to a dentist that cares

At Advanced Dental Care Clinic in Oxenford, on the Gold Coast, we pride ourselves on providing you with all the information. We explain our recommendations, so you can make an informed decision. Call 07 5580 3555 and visit a dentist that cares. We are always abreast of the latest in dental procedures, so you know you are receiving the very best treatment.

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Phone: 07 5580 3555
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Suite 4B, Cottonwood Plaza, 5 Cottonwood Place
Oxenford, Gold Coast, QLD 4210

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