COMPOSITES VS. AMALGAMS

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You have a choice in the material used to make your fillings:

  • Silver Fillings (Amalgams), or
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composites)

Benefits of composites over amalgams

  • Are matched to the shade of the tooth
  • Make the tooth much less likely to crack or fracture
  • Use a more technically advanced material that makes the tooth stronger
  • Requires less tooth removal than amalgams

Why do composites cost more than amalgams?

  • Composites take longer for the dentists to place because they’re more technique-sensitive than amalgams
  • The materials are more costly
  • Most insurance companies only want to pay for the cheaper amalgams, by downgrading the insurance coverage to that of an amalgam. This results in a larger balance due from you