When it comes to dental health, addressing cavities and tooth decay is essential for maintaining a bright and healthy smile. The best dental fillings are a common and effective treatment to restore damaged teeth and prevent further deterioration. However, the fear of pain during the procedure often keeps patients from seeking timely dental care. At Dr. Gandhi Dental, we prioritize your comfort and well-being, offering painless dental fillings that not only repair your teeth but also provide a stress-free and comfortable experience.
Amalgam finds extensive use in dentistry due to several advantages it offers. Its ease of use and manipulation during placement make it a popular choice. The material stays soft for a short duration, allowing it to be packed efficiently into any irregular space before transforming into a durable compound. Compared to other direct restorative materials like composite, amalgam exhibits superior longevity. On average, amalgam restorations last for approximately 10 to 12 years, whereas resin-based composites last for about half that time. Nonetheless, advancements in composite material science and an improved understanding of precise placement techniques have narrowed this gap in recent times.
There are circumstances in which composite (white fillings) serves better than amalgam; when amalgam is not indicated, or when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small occlusal restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of a more sound tooth structure, as well as in "enamel sites beyond the height of contour."
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
Both children and adults can experience the advantages of sealants in combating tooth decay.