Fillings are probably one of the most common procedures we do. Basically, a tooth is broken or decayed and we replace the part that is weak or diseased. We still place a few silver fillings when NECESSARY or requested, but most of our fillings are BONDED composites. These allow the tooth to be less sensitive and less likely to fracture later. We also can add to the composites later if another problem develops such as more decay. These fillings are also tooth-colored so you are not embarrassed when you smile.
We like composite/resin fillings for their natural appearance and the near-perfect color match we can get with your teeth. Composite fillings also bond better to your teeth, helping to restore your tooth's natural strength.
The use of silver-mercury filling has been declining in our dental practice. It has been found that old silver fillings darken the teeth, and act like a wedge in a tooth; often leading to the tooth's fractures. Also, some people have concerns with mercury contamination.
Our recommendation is when the old silver filling needs to be replaced, it's a good time to replace all restorations in that arch. The difference between a mouth with silver fillings and a mouth with white bonded filling replacements is remarkable! Your smile will immediately brighten up with the gray silver fillings being removed.
In this photograph, the back two teeth were filled with dark silver-mercury fillings, and we replaced them with these beautiful bonded restorations.