Cavities have become a major problem in recent years. Studies from 2015 showed that among adults ages 20-64, 91% had cavities. With such a massive part of the population living with untreated cavities, dental fillings remain one of the most effective methods of treating and protecting affected teeth. In Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Edwin Crawford offers white (composite) and amalgam (silver) fillings to patients who need to restore teeth damaged by dental decay.
What are Amalgam Fillings?
For 150 years, amalgam fillings have been the traditional treatment for filling in cavities. Also known as silver fillings, amalgam uses a blend of mercury and other metals that have been deemed safe by the ADA. Benefits of dental amalgam fillings include cost-efficiency, durability, and a strong resistance to bacteria. Amalgam fillings are known to last at least 10 years, making them a long-term solution for teeth damaged by dental caries (cavities).
When are White Fillings Better?
White fillings, also known as composite fillings, have some advantages over the amalgam variation. As they are made of a tooth-colored composite material, white fillings blend in with the neighboring teeth, making them ideal for patients with cavities in their smile zone. Since white fillings can be applied to teeth without extensive preparation, composites are ideal for seriously weakened teeth as well as teeth that have only minor damage.
Get Your Cavities Fixed at Our Office in Lansing, Michigan!
Living with cavities weakens your teeth and puts them at risk of greater damage. Taking a proactive step and getting your cavities filled with either metal or composite fillings can protect the overall health of your smile. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or notice darker spots in teeth, it’s time to schedule a visit to Implant Dentistry of Greater Lansing. Make an appointment at our office and learn more about how we can improve your oral health. Contact us today!