Typical dental fillings include silver (i.e., amalgam) and tooth-colored (i.e., composite) fillings. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
At South Hills Pediatric Dentistry we recognize that many people are hesitant to use silver fillings because of cosmetic concerns and worry about mercury exposure. For this reason, we only offer composite (tooth-colored) fillings for basic restorative procedures.
Composite fillings are aesthetic and in most cases are able to last until the primary tooth would normally fall out. Sometimes, though, composites are not recommended due to a number of factors:
- The cooperation level of the child
- The amount of remaining tooth structure
- The chewing load the tooth will have to bear
- The length of time the procedure takes to complete
- The child’s risk for developing future cavities
Before your little one’s treatment begins, the doctor will discuss all the options and help you choose the best restorative option for your son or daughter’s particular situation.