Although many people still have silver fillings in their mouths from years past, they are rarely used anymore. Tooth-colored filling material (composite resin) is the restoration of choice for replacing defective silver fillings and repairing teeth diagnosed with new decay. Tooth-colored restorations allow us to create fillings that are not only esthetically pleasing, but also add strength to the weakened tooth due to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and can allow cavities to recur. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Silver fillings also contain a small amount of 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
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite resins are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
The result is a beautiful smile!