Dental Amalgam is the most commonly used restoration material, and has been for over 150 years. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, including low cost, strength and durability.
Amalgam is used in dentistry for a number of reasons. It’s relatively easy to use and manipulate during placement; it remains soft for a short time so it can be packed to fill an irregular volume, and then forms a hard compound. On average, most amalgam restorations serve for 10-12 years, wheras resin based composites serve about half that time. However, with recent improvements in compositie material, science and a better understanding of the technique and the sensitivity of their placement, it should be noted that this difference is decreasing.
Dental Composites (white filings) are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth has been lost such as chipped or broken tooth, restoring the appearance to a natural looking tooth. Although higher in cost, many patients prefer the realistic look a composite filling can provide.
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St. Louis City Office
Chippewa Dental Group
6680 Chippewa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
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