Are tooth-colored fillings better than silver amalgam ones?
Many patients have concerns because of the mercury found in amalgam fillings. While studies have yet to reveal any negative health impacts of the old-fashioned filling material, we understand that patients often prefer to avoid them.
We use durable tooth-colored fillings in our Lake Worth dental office because they are designed to last a long time and will not leave a dark scar on your smile. The effectiveness of tooth-colored fillings has improved dramatically with modern materials and the latest clinical techniques, and they are extremely comparable to the old reliable amalgam fillings. Plus, composite, tooth-colored fillings have a few additional benefits.
Conservative – Tooth-colored fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings because they bond directly to teeth.
Stable with temperature changes – Because composite fillings contain no metal, they do not expand and contract with changes in temperature, which can cause breakdown and decay. White fillings also do not feel tender and sensitive when exposed to cold air or drinks.
Reshape teeth – Composite also provides a solution to reshape teeth and fill small chips with a perfect color match.
If you have more questions or want to replace metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings, contact us to schedule an appointment.