Tooth Colored Fillings
Gone are the days of silver fillings.
In the past silver amalgam was the primary material used for fillings, however, it has no aesthetic appeal to patients and it can actually cause damage to your teeth years down the road. Amalgam material expands over time. When this expansion occurs in a tooth it can cause the tooth to fracture, therefore requiring a crown to save the tooth.
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Composite (tooth colored) material is now more commonly used for fillings.
Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it has proven to be stronger and longer lasting than amalgam filling material. It is made of porcelain and composite resin which is bonded directly to the tooth and requires less removal of your healthy tooth structure than if using a silver filling material.
Composite fillings are also healthier as mercury is not used in this product. The restorations can even be custom-colored to match your existing teeth while giving you the most natural-looking smile possible