The concept of a "filling" or “restoration” is to replace and restore tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture back to its original form and function. We may recommend replacement of old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today's advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Comparing White Fillings Versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:
- White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace; composite fillings can actually save time and money in the long run.
- White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to their natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel.
- Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
- Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth structure than those with amalgams, especially with new cavities.
- White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.