Now there is no more need for big, bulky silver fillings! We offer tooth-colored, composite resin fillings to replace your old amalgam “silver” fillings. The old, metal amalgam material is being phased out of dental offices as it contains mercury- the same mercury that is in a thermometer- which is dangerous to staff members if handling amalgam on a daily basis for extended periods of time. Although it is not necessary for you to be alarmed if you currently have silver fillings, it is safer for our staff to not use this material on a daily basis, so we do not use the silver filling material. Many patients enjoy the new tooth colored, metal-free, more esthetic look of the composite fillings and opt to have the old silver fillings replaced with the new tooth colored fillings. It’s the easiest way to change your smile to a healthier look as people won’t be able to tell you have had cavities at all!
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.
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.