Tooth Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings

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Disadvantages of Silver (Amalgam) Fillings

In addition to detracting from your smile, silver fillings have several disadvantages:

  • The edges of silver fillings can wear down, leaving the tooth unprotected
  • Silver fillings can expand and contract, and over time they can split
  • Silver fillings contain 50% mercury, which can corrode then leak and cause staining

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Not only do tooth-colored fillings allow you to maintain the natural beauty of your smile, they offer many advantages over silver fillings:

  • The composite resin fillings have a superior fit to the natural tooth
  • Resin restorations can restore and strengthen tooth structure
  • Resin restorations contain fluoride, which helps prevent decay

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

If you are concerned with the appearance and safety of your silver fillings, we can replace them. Expect the following procedures to take place:

  • The old filling is removed, as is any new decay
  • The tooth will be prepared with a conditioning gel
  • A bonding cement and intensity light will bond the resin filling to your tooth
  • Your tooth will then be polished

The result is an aesthetically appealing, safe, and sturdy restoration.

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