composite fillings comparing to traditional amalgum fillings

Composite Fillings at Our Houston Pediatric Dentist Office and How They Compare to Traditional Ones

At Victory Smiles Pediatric Dentist in Houston, Texas, we offer high quality pediatric dental care. One of our most common procedures is that of composite fillings, which are a viable alternative to traditional fillings.

What are Traditional Fillings for Kids?

It’s easy for young kids to get cavities if they consume a lot of sugar, such as candy and snacks or beverages. They are especially vulnerable to cavities if they struggle to floss and brush properly, so their parents often choose traditional fillings. Traditional fillings are known as "amalgam" and they are usually silver in color. Amalgam fillings have been popular for over 100 years because they are inexpensive and effective. On the downside, though, they are very obvious when the patient is laughing or talking, which may lead our patients to feel insecure in their smile years later if they have multiple fillings. However, dentistry is always evolving and advancing, meaning better alternatives are available, such as the tooth-colored fillings we use today known as composite fillings.

What are Composite Fillings at our Houston Kids Dentist?

The greatest benefit of utilizing composite fillings is that they match the color of your child’s teeth, making them barely noticeable, if at all. They are called composite fillings because they are made from a blend (which we call ‘composite’) of plastic resins and silica fillers, which naturally produce a color that is similar to our natural teeth.

In addition to the cosmetic benefit of being more subtle, our Houston pediatric dentists also prefer using composite fillings because they allow us to preserve more of the tooth. When using traditional amalgam fillings, we have to remove the decay and even some healthy parts of the tooth to make space for the amalgam to sit and settle into the tooth. With composite fillings, it isn’t necessary to remove parts of the tooth. Plus, they immediately bond to the affected tooth and last longer than amalgam fillings. One more benefit that tooth-colored fillings offer is that they even strengthen the affected teeth.

Long-Lasting Cavity Fillings by Our Pediatric Dentists at Victory Smiles in Houston

It's important for children to come in for their semiannual teeth cleanings and also receive x-rays so we can spot cavities early on. In doing, we can save the affected tooth and neither you nor your child will have to worry about the cavity worsening and turning into the need for a root canal. Please book an appointment with us if your child is experiencing a toothache. We will complete a dental exam to confirm they have a cavity and then fix it with our tooth-colored fillings.