We use both silver amalgam and tooth-colored filling materials. these fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.
Silver amalgam fillings have received some negative publicity over the years. However, recent studies have shown that they are safe, with no excess mercury to endanger patients’ health. Any studies to the contrary have be disproved, and the American Dental Association has reiterated it is a safe and recommended procedure. Please ask our doctors or the staff to provide you with literature on this subject. They are relatively inexpensive and proven long lasting.
With the bonding procedures used with silver amalgam fillings, they provide extra strength to the teeth they restore.
Where esthetics is a significant requirement, tooth-colored restorations may be considered. We use them exclusively in the front of the mouth, but, while they provide better esthetics, on the biting surface of back teeth, they may be less strong and less long-lasting than silver amalgam fillings, and cost a bit more. Their benefit will vary from patient to patient and should be discussed with the doctor to see if they are right for you.
Composite and porcelain inlays are more involved esthetic restorations that can be considered for the significantly broken down back tooth.
Crowns and Onlays
For more broken-down teeth, full coverage crowns, or partial coverage onlays may be needed. Only precious metals (gold, silver and palladium) are used in these restorations when metal is required, and where esthetic needs exist, porcelain is used to provide naturally looking teeth.