Mercury Free Fillings


Tooth-colored fillings are a stronger and more attractive alternative to silver amalgam fillings. They also have the benefit of being Mercury Free. By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of your teeth, a skilled cosmetic dentist is able to provide you with fillings that are almost invisible.

One of the drawbacks of silver amalgam fillings is that they contain mercury, a metal that is currently being studied to determine possible negative effects to long term health. Another drawback of silver fillings is that they are not bonded to the tooth. This type of restoration is more susceptible to breakdown as the restoration ages, increasing the risk for new decay under the filling. Amalgam fillings also expand and contract, which continually "flexes" the tooth, often creating cracks or fractures in the base of the tooth over time.

These new aesthetic materials are mercury free and actually bonded to the tooth. The resulting restoration restores not only function and beauty, but returns much of the original strength to the tooth. It has been shown that a large silver filling can reduce the strength of a tooth up to 70%, while bonded aesthetic fillings can return the tooth to near its original strength.

Teeth with damaged amalgam fillings


 

Teeth prepared for new restorations


Restored teeth using composite material