Teeth may require fillings in order to restore proper form and function as a result of decay, fractures, chips or deformities. We offer both amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages. With your input we will determine the appropriate material based upon a number of factors.
amalgam (Silver) fillings:
Amalgam fillings have been around for over 150 years. While not as esthetically pleasing as white fillings, they can have many advantages. For example, they last longer due to durability and bacteriostatic effects, can be used in areas in the mouth that are difficult to reach and keep dry, and have a lower cost. Some people may be concerned about the mercury found in silver fillings, but the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
composite (tooth colored) Fillings:
Composite fillings may also be recommended to restore your tooth. They are advantageous over silver due to their appearance and the ability to minimize the removal of tooth structure. While they statistically do not last as long as silver fillings, proper placement technique and improvements in the material itself are allowing greater longevity.