Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, such as amalgam have strength and durability. This makes them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
Amalgam fillings have been used since the 1880s for restoring teeth. Other great properties include reduced technique sensitivity, minimal post-operative discomfort, and relatively low cost compared to other materials. These have contributed to its great success in restoring primary molars.
Composite is a durable plastic compound that mimics the appearance of natural teeth. These fillings are aesthetic restorations best suited for anterior (front) teeth and for small restorations in low-stress areas of the mouth. They are not recommended when a large cavity is present, in particular those that develop between primary (baby) molars due to decreased bond strength and longevity (as compared to adult teeth).
Our team will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tooth coloured restorations in each situation and make recommendations based on what is in the best interest of your child.