White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace. Many dentists no longer use silver amalgam because it leaves teeth prone to vertically fracturing.
White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are naturally more comfortable.
Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver amalgams.
Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
Comparing White Fillings Versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:
A filling replaces and restores tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture. We can replace old, broken-down amalgam fillings with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly silver fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.