Non-Mercury (Non-Silver) Fillings
While silver amalgam fillings have been widely used for decades, today we’re finding more attractive and effective methods for treating tooth decay. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite of plastic resin and porcelain particles. You may also hear them referred to as “composites,” or “composite fillings.”
Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored composites bond directly to the tooth. This allows us to be more conservative because we remove less healthy tooth structure to create a durable filling. With tooth-colored fillings you are also less likely to experience sensitivity to temperatures as you are with amalgam fillings.
We’re also sensitive to the fact that many of our patients have expressed concern about metal fillings that contain mercury. We believe that it’s safer to avoid any potential risk if there’s no advantage to be had using amalgam fillings.