We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury amalgam fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye.
Dental composite fillings are an alternative to metal fillings. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies. See our Patient Smile Gallery.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split teeth. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. They are actually glued (bonded) to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The bond between tooth and composite filling is beneficial to the remaining tooth structure helping to prevent breakage.
Another option is the placement of Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays).
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected! The result is a beautiful smile!