This is a common question we get from patients. It is important to understand the key differences between the two types of fillings before making a decision. Composite fillings bond directly to your tooth, which results in less healthy tooth removal. Amalgam fillings require additional drilling to provide anchors for the solid amalgam. Composite fillings are not as hard and inflexible as amalgam fillings, which means stresses caused from biting and chewing can be distributed more naturally and reduce the risk of your tooth cracking. Many patients also do not like the idea of having a silver mercury metal in their mouth. With all their advantages, composite fillings can cost more than amalgam fillings. Some insurances will only cover a portion of the cost of composite fillings. Our Jersey City dentist office should be able to guide you on what filling is best for. Please call our office and schedule your appointment with our dentist today!
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