There are certain considerations that go into choosing a dental filling. While the most common fillings today are tooth-colored composite resin fillings, gold fillings are sometimes still placed. The considerations when deciding upon what filling to use include what tooth needs filling (is it a molar, eye tooth, etc.), where the tooth is located (is it in the front, is it a back tooth, can it be seen, etc.), and how much bite pressure the tooth will endure. So, as you can see, you do have a choice when it comes to fillings.
Gold fillings are usually used for back molars for people who grind and clench their teeth habitually (brux). Grinding your teeth together can shorten your teeth; weaken your teeth; and cause chips, cracks, and fractures. If you have a cavity and you brux, it is likely that your dentist will suggest a gold filling, because it is still the strongest filling material available.
Why Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are commonly the filling material of choice because it blends with your teeth and, therefore, you can hardly tell that you have a filling. When this material was first developed, it was not strong enough for back teeth. Since then it has undergone many improvements, and although it is safe to use for back teeth, gold fillings may still be suggested for bruxers. The placement process for composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings also helps strengthen your tooth.
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