Ceramic vs. Amalgam (Metal) Fillings

Ceramic fillings are a relatively recent development in terms of aesthetic teeth restoration and offer a number of advantages over traditional metal fillings. Ceramic fillings are typically made out of porcelain, ceramic, or glasslike fillings and offer a metal-free alternative to your filling needs. For those concerned with environmentally conscious dentistry and to limit their exposure to metal toxins, then ceramic fillings are a viable alternative to filling your cavities.

To begin with, a filling is a substance used to fill a cavity. For years, metal was the preferred material to use in a filling as it is reasonably durable and easy to work with in aesthetic dentistry. However, metal fillings have been revealed to contain, amongst other things, mercury.

Mercury, when digested by body, has been known to cause significant harm particularly to one’s nervous system as well as damaging one’s kidneys and stomach. While research is split in terms of whether or not metal fillings pose a direct threat to one’s health, ceramic fillings are 100% mercury-free and offer a certain peace-of-mind when it comes to your health and your dental filling.

While ceramic fillings are mostly commonly known for being a mercury-free alternative to other filling materials, they additional offer other benefits to the dental patient. Metal fillings are, aesthetically speaking, abrasive with placed on the teeth. Ceramic fillings, on the other hand, restore the natural appearance of the tooth filled and are difficult to spot by an unknowing observer.

Ceramic fillings are generally much more resilient and less susceptible to their metal counterparts. The porcelain material commonly used in ceramic fillings can last more than 15 years and, additionally, are typically much stronger then the silver used in metal fillings, consequently providing greater protection from the filling breaking and the need to have then repaired.

Not surprisingly, ceramic fillings require a smaller size of the hold needed for the filling. Hence, more of your actual tooth structure would remain with a ceramic filling. There is the additional benefit in the fact that your dentist has less drilling to do in order to insert the filling.

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