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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Fillings in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC


1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         





Alan Paul Friz, DDS in Huntingburg IN

“Metal” or “Metal Free” Dentistry?

We live in a time when many options are available to us.  This is also true when it comes to modern dentistry.  There are many more treatment options available to us than years ago. 

Dr. Alan Friz not only has available both metal and metal free dentistry options, but he and his staff are happy to take time to discuss with you which options might be the best fit for you and your individual situation.

Types of Fillings

Silver Fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it is one of the best and most long lasting restoration for fillings in the back teeth. Silver is a natural anti-bacterial agent that allows for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.  Amalgam fillings have been known to last 20 years or more without needing to be replaced.  Being metal, they can really withstand the wear and tear of biting and chewing forces.

White Fillings, also known as Composites are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration is created with a resin material and is bonded into a tooth to fill in the tooth structure that was destroyed by decay.  The composite color will match the tooth color.  While white fillings work very well in front teeth, being plastic, they do not hold up as well in the back teeth and have a 3.5 times greater recurrance of decay when compared with Amalgam fillings. [1]  Studies have shown that the average life span of a composite filling in a back tooth is 6 - 7 years. [2]

Gold Fillings have a track record of being the longest lasting, most biologically compatible filling material known.  It is not unusual for gold fillings to last a lifetime.  Many cases have been documented of them lasting 50 years or more.  Gold does not corrode with time, it does not use irritating chemicals to bond, it has the same wear as tooth enamel, and the color blends well with the surrounding tissues.  If you are interested in keeping your teeth from being cut time and time again, gold should be a serious consideration.

A Statistic You Should Consider

A survey of dentists reported that 80% of fillings placed in their patients are white composite fillings.  Yet, when dentists have fillings placed in their own teeth, 80% are metal. [3]  The majority of dentists choose metal fillings for themselves.

[1] JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association), June 2013 issue, page 584

[2] Gordon Christensen of Clinical Research Foundation, June 7, 2013 

[3] Bob Keene of The Academy of Gold Foil, 2012