by Dr. Sean Moran on April 24, 2012
The esthetic result is beyond compare: your teeth will look as fresh, white, and natural as when they first grew in.
Chewing puts incredible stresses on teeth. That’s why, in the past, filling cavities and restoring damaged teeth involved a tradeoff—usually between strength and good looks. You don’t have to be a dentist to know that gold or silver is not a natural component of teeth.
Today, you have a choice of restoration options. The most dramatic is composite, or “white” fillings. They’re a mixture of resin and finely ground glasslike particles that are as strong if not stronger than amalgam (you know it as “silver”). We can now use these new composites virtually everywhere, from repairing a minor defect to restoring a decayed tooth.
Amalgam will continue to be an option, as it has been for more than a century. It’s durable, easy to use, and a cost-effective way of filling cavities. However, “silver” it is not. Dental amalgam is typically mercury mixed with tin, copper, silver and a trace of zinc. It’s not natural in appearance and, frankly, mercury isn’t something most of us would prefer in our bodies “24/7”. But it’s a better way to go than tooth extraction and, ultimately, dentures.
When you make an appointment we’ll be glad to discuss the exciting new options you can choose from today.