Posted on Jun 8, 2020
Our Delaware, Ohio pediatric dental office offers a few different types of dental fillings. Many parents are most familiar with traditional amalgam fillings. These are the silver ones that sit on top of the teeth. Amalgam fillings have been around for over a century and are made up of copper, tin, zinc, silver, and mercury.
The advantages of amalgam fillings include:
Lots of parents have concerns regarding the mercury content in amalgam filling, but when it’s combined with the other metals, the mercury forms a stable, safe material. The American Dental Association, Food & Drug Association, and Center for Disease Control all agree that dental amalgam is safe for filling pediatric dental cavities.
Our office also offers mercury-free, resin-based composite dental fillings. These fillings are white, blending in much better with the teeth, offering a more natural appearance. These types of fillings are made from plastic mixed with powdered glass, which makes them very durable. Benefits of composite resin fillings include:
While they have many advantages, composite resin fillings may cost a bit more than amalgam fillings and will take longer to place. For help with deciding which type of dental filling is right for your child, please contact Little Smiles of Delaware here in Delaware, Ohio!