Composite & Amalgam Filling

When you have a tooth that requires a filling restoration due to decay or trauma, it is important to restore the tooth as soon as possible to restore function and stability. DeCarli Dentistry uses both amalgam and composite restorative material.

Dental Amalgam is a commonly used dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, such as low cost, strength, and durability. Most amalgam restorations last an average of 12 years. Composite tooth-colored restorations may not last as long, however, with recent improvements in composite materials and a better understanding of the technique, the longevity of composite restorations are improving.

There are circumstances in which composite (tooth-colored fillings) serves better than amalgam. Circumstances would include areas when amalgam is not indicated such as a front tooth, or when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial.

Scientific research has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration. To learn more about restorative materials visit The American Dental Association at









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