For years there has been debate in the dental profession regarding the pros and cons of using silver amalgam fillings, which contain about 50% mercury, to restore cavities. While debate on mercury in fillings goes back and forth, and even though the FDA and CDC have concluded that the mercury in fillings are not harmful to the public, we have chosen not to use silver amalgam/mercury fillings, as the technology involved with them is well over 100 years old. Regardless of the debate, we now have mercury-free restoration available to us so it only makes sense to use it. There are several drawbacks to silver fillings, which can cause trouble for teeth which that they are placed in.

Metal amalgams can damage teeth. Temperature sensitive, amalgams expand with heat and contract with cold. This movement weakens the tooth wall, leading to fractures and also allows bacteria to enter and cause decay. Tooth-colored composite fillings are a safer, stronger, more attractive and more enduring alternative to metal. They conservatively restore your teeth to strength and your smile to beauty.

Today's modern white filling materials strengthen teeth unlike the mercury amalgam fillings of years past. These new materials restore teeth to their original look, feel, and beauty. Please call the office if you want to look into replacing any of your old, unsightly silver fillings.

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