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The Amalgam vs. Composite Debate

Beautiful white smile

Composite fillings certainly are more attractive!

By the time you reach adulthood, there’s a fairly good chance that you’ve received at least one filling in a tooth because of tooth decay. Yes? And the same goes for other adults you know – in fact many even have a whole mouth full of amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings!

So… unless you’ve had a tooth filled recently, or know someone who has, you might not even know about the composite tooth-colored fillings we’re using today. We are able to replace your failing silver fillings with white fillings to remove the metal in your mouth!

Want to know more? Give us a call, especially if you’re experiencing tooth pain that could be decay-related. We’re always happy to answer your questions.

Amalgam (Silver) vs. Composite (White) Fillings

Are there certain pros and cons with regard to composite fillings vs. the traditional amalgam fillings?

On the “pro” side, composite fillings are more attractive, they’re affordable, and they tend to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by decay, since they can be “bonded” into place. When properly placed, they can last as long as amalgam fillings. In addition, amalgam fillings tend to expand and contract with temperature, causing the tooth to weaken and sometimes crack. On the “con” side, if you have dental insurance, composite fillings may not be fully covered under your contract.

Dental Fillings

And What About Amalgam Concerns?

There has been a lot of negative press about amalgam fillings in recent years because mercury makes up about 40-50% of the amalgam filling.

However, numerous studies have been conducted in various countries regarding the safety of amalgam fillings. None of these studies have found any link between the mercury in amalgam fillings and nervous system functioning.

It’s Your Choice…

Since our office no longer places amalgam fillings, we will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about restoring your decay or replacing existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings.

We stay on top of the latest research in all areas of dentistry and would be pleased to address any of your dental concerns. Please feel free to give us a call about this or any other dental concern. We’re always ready, willing and eager to serve you!