A 31-year-old member asked:
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do i choose a metal filling or a composite resin filling?

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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Your choice: I have not used amalgam in my office in over 15 years. Composite more technically sensitive. Be sure your dentist is meticulous in restoring your teeth.
Answered on Feb 2, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Ask your dentist: Deciding which type of filling to use is best made by the patient and dentist, taking into account the size and location of the cavity, patient history, cosmetic concerns, insurance coverage and cost.
Answered on Dec 28, 2014

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