We are an amalgam and mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. To be frank, according to us and according to the ADA these restorations are safe, stable, and don’t need to be replaced. However, they are not particularly esthetic. In addition, amalgam fillings expand and contract with temperature fluctuations and they can cause the teeth to crack and fracture. Inlays and onlays create fillings that are not only beautiful and natural but also add strength to weakened teeth.
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down causing marginal leakage, potentially weakening the tooth. This exposes the tooth to bacteria and allows cavities to progress. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands and contracts, and can cause the tooth to fracture.
There are many advantages to composite restorations. Resin fillings are 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 tooth remains intact and strong. Since the resin used in composite restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay.
The result is a beautiful smile!
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