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. Tooth colored fillings create restorations 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.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:
Composite (Resin) allows for a more conservative design, which allows for less destruction to the natural tooth. In many cases, the resin can be patched or partially replaced in the event there’s a need. Silver fillings have to be replaced entirely. There are many shades to chose from when using resin, which allows us to match your individual tooth shade.
Resin can stain over time but can be “touched up” to revitalize the restoration.
Bottom line, a more attractive, durable, and mercury-free restoration is achieved with resin.