Many patients often wonder, can silver fillings be replaced with white fillings and the answer is yes.
The durability of dental amalgam or “silver fillings” has made it a preferred material.
This material has been used for over one hundred and fifty years making it one of the sturdiest, safest and inexpensive materials used to fill cavities.
Contrary to popular belief, mercury in dental amalgam is not poisonous. The exposure of mercury from dental amalgam is less than what you are exposed to in food, water and the environment.
The combination of dental amalgam and mercury causes changes in the mercury’s chemical nature rendering it practically harmless.
So while mercury in dental amalgam is not poisonous, this does not mean that you should not consider replacing your silver fillings with white fillings.
White Composite Fillings
Composite fillings, which are also known as white fillings are tooth-colored mixtures of plastic and glass used in restoring teeth that have decayed.
Composites are most commonly used in cosmetic improvements. The color of the teeth can be changed for a brighter smile.
A disfigured tooth can even be reshaped for a more even smile.
There are a wide variety of composites available. Propriety mixes are composed of resins to form the matrix. Engineered glass ceramics and filler glasses are also used in these composites.
The fillers are used to give the overall composite resistance to wear as well as translucency. To enhance the bond between these two components, a coupling agent is used.
After the composite has been shaped to fit the tooth, the dentist will polish the composite to help it blend in with your other teeth as well as make sure that it will withstand discoloration from everyday wear.
Composite fillings return most of the original strength to the tooth since they adhere to the tooth.
This bond helps insulate the tooth from extreme temperature changes and also helps prevent breakage.
These features make composites very desirable especially if you desire a smile without the black spots within your mouth associated with silver fillings.
Your Questions Need Answers
We would be more than happy to answer any additional questions that you may have about making the switch to white fillings.
The procedure is simple and can be done right in our office on the day of your appointment. If you are experiencing discomfort or hot and cold sensations due to your silver fillings, give us a call today.