You may have often asked yourself what the best type of filling truly is? With all the new material and technology available in dentistry today, which product stands above the rest and can provide you the maximum satisfaction in eliminating cavities and protect your teeth from further tooth enamel damage and erosion? The truth is there is no clear-cut winner, as many different services can provide many different benefits. Of these services, dental amalgams and composite fillings are two of the most popular forms.
Dental amalgams have been around for a very long time, over 150 years in America, and remain relatively unchanged from their previous incarnations. Although they are much more precise these days, the formula remains simple, as it has a proven track record of safety and effectiveness. Although amalgams are mixtures of metal substances bound with a toxic material, mercury, they have been proven to be safe at low levels.
Composite fillings, also called tooth-colored composites, offer a slightly more advanced form of dental filling. Using modern technology, composite fillings can be used to mimic the look of your teeth. In addition, they can easily be repaired or replaced without the need to remove the original. However, they still cannot match the effectiveness and durability on large cavities that amalgams can provide.
If you are looking to have a cavity filled, or enhance your smile further, contact Dr. David Peterson and our team at David B. Peterson, DDS. We can be reached by calling us at 661-587-7002 to book a reservation to see us at our office in Bakersfield, California. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.