Dental composites are also called white fillings. Crowns can also be made in the laboratory from dental composites. Tooth-colored restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful and unnoticeable, but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and much stronger compared to silver amalgam thanks to new bonding techniques. The resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride which helps prevent further decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums! The result is a beautiful smile!
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
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.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!