We are happy to discuss the pros and cons of both amalgam (silver) fillings and resin (tooth colored restorations) and choose the option that is right for you. Ultimately, our goal is to create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened and decayed teeth.
Amalgam (silver) fillings:
Silver fillings are a wonderful option for a dental restoration. However, their use has decreased in recent years. In addition to a poor esthetic appearance, they require more removal of healthy tooth structure to provide mechanical retention of the filling. Over time, the material in the filling can leach into the tooth, causing it to become more brittle and fracture. While there is a small percentage of mercury contained in the filling material, the ADA has published numerous studies proving that this poses no health risks to the patient.
Resin (Tooth-Colored) Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings match the color of your teeth so that any dental work completed is not visible. Resins are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Since many of the resins used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent future tooth decay.
Dr. Robb is happy to discuss these options with you in further detail.