Metal vs Resin Dental Fillings

With Dr. McCool and our team, we are your trusted partner in maintaining oral health. We proudly serve our communities across Lilburn, GA. One of the core services we provide is restoring dental health through fillings. When you develop a cavity, you need to seek treatment from a dentist. This is because a cavity will continue to burrow through your tooth until your dentist removes the decay. Otherwise, you can develop an infection or even lose the tooth. After your dentist cleans your cavity, Dr. McCool will fill the hole with a filling. Fillings are critical parts of tooth decay treatment. Without them, you are vulnerable to broken teeth and more decay.

Dental Fillings: An Integral Part of Oral Healthcare

Dental fillings play a vital role in safeguarding your teeth from further degeneration caused by cavities or damage. These restorations halt the progression of decay and restore the normal function and form of your teeth.  

The Variety in Filling Options

 We can use a variety of materials for dental fillings, including gold, porcelain, and composite resins. However, there’s one type that offers unparalleled robustness and longevity – metal amalgam.  

Metal Amalgam: A Reliable Choice

Metal amalgam is a proven filling material composed of various metals like silver, tin, and copper, with mercury acting as a binder. These fillings offer excellent durability which makes them particularly suitable for back molars where most chewing exerts enormous pressure on teeth.  Despite the controversy surrounding its mercury content and safety concerns, extensive research conducted by international health organizations finds no evidence linking these amalgams with any adverse effects on human health when used correctly.   

Composite Resin: Popular and Effective

Composite resin is a popular material used for dental fillings. It is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Dentists use it to repair teeth that have cavities or minor damage. One of the main benefits of composite resin is its ability to match the color of your natural teeth. This means the filling blends in and looks just like your real tooth, making it almost invisible when you smile or talk.

Another advantage of composite resin is its durability. It bonds directly to your tooth, which helps to support the remaining tooth structure. This strong bond can make your tooth less likely to break in the future. The procedure for getting a composite resin filling is usually quick and comfortable. The dentist will clean the cavity, apply the resin in layers, and use a special light to harden each layer.

Your Journey Towards Getting a Filling at Our Clinics 

 The start of getting treatment begins with a thorough consultation session scheduled at our Lilburn office. Here, our team will meticulously evaluate your oral health and unique needs. Following this analysis phase comes execution, which unfolds within a state-of-the-art facility available within the Lilburn office, ensuring utmost patient comfort throughout the procedure duration   

Caring for Your Post-Filling Teeth 

Our commitment to your oral health doesn’t end with just providing fillings. Our staff at Lilburn extends necessary guidance on aftercare to help maintain the longevity of the filling. Periodic follow-ups form an imperative part of keeping track of overall progress, conducted primarily via our office.

Choosing the Right Filling Material

Selecting adequate material for dental fillings while appearing simple holds a significant impact on the long-term outcomes. Factors ranging from aesthetic preference to the patient’s detailed medical history play a role. Avail personalized consultation at our Hampton Cove location to weigh in on various options  

Busting Myths about Metal Amalgam  

We firmly believe that it’s essential for patients to make informed decisions. While metal amalgams have often been the subject of fears and myths- rest assured, we adopt an evidence-based approach ensuring transparency.  We are committed to debunking common misconceptions about metal amalgam fillings and providing fact-checked information to help you make the right decision   

The Path Towards Dental Health 

By trusting our team to address dental cavities, you’re taking crucial steps toward securing a long-lasting smile. Never underestimate the power vested within proactive care, as acting upon initial signs of decay can spare both discomforts associated with progressive damage and the complexity involved in additional treatments further down the line.  Experience best-in-class service delivered by a dedicated team! We look forward to serving all your dental needs!


Harry W. McCool, DDS, PC
Lilburn, GA Dentist

645 Beaver Ruin Rd NW, Suite A
Lilburn, GA 30047

New Patients (770) 450-4407

Current Patients (770) 381-9320


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