Should You Replace Your Silver Fillings?

While silver makes for beautiful adornment, in the mouth, it can draw unwanted attention to previous dental repairs, where missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth have been restored.

Before & After: Silver amalgam replaced by natural-looking composite fillings

Before & After: Silver amalgam replaced by natural-looking composite fillings

For more than 100 years, cavities have been commonly filled with a silver compound called amalgam—a stable alloy made from mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals. But over time, the metals in amalgam break down, creating tiny gaps between the filling and the tooth, where bacteria sneaks in to cause further decay. It can also cause teeth to look dark, grey or dingy, making it difficult to achieve a bright, beautiful smile.

But advances in dental materials offer new ways to restore damaged teeth back to their original form and function, often with more natural looking results.

Composite fillings, a non-toxic compound made from resin and ceramic, are the leading choice for most tooth repairs today. Durable and long lasting, composites restore strength to the tooth structure by filling the damaged cavity and bonding the material to the original tooth, allowing a more conservative repair.

Conceal your dental repairs with composite fillings that mimic the color and texture of your natural tooth enamel, hiding previous dental repairs and preventing breakage—revealing a natural, healthy smile.

While amalgam fillings are deemed safe by the FDA, composite fillings are often a more appealing solution to restore damaged teeth so that you look and feel your best.

Ask Dr. Chen if composite fillings are right for you.

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