Are tooth-colored fillings better than amalgam?
We hear this question a lot lately because there has been some controversy about the safety of amalgam fillings. At our Covina dental office, Dr. Huang chooses to use tooth-colored fillings, mainly because they are a better aesthetic option for filling teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are a composite material that is made of plastic and glass. This material is a perfect choice for fillings because it can be blended to match your natural teeth. When we use tooth-colored composite, the filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your natural tooth.
We also choose tooth-colored fillings because the material bonds securely to dental enamel to support and strengthen a weak tooth. Tooth-colored fillings help us preserve healthy tooth structure as we only have to remove the decayed portion to create a long-lasting, durable filling.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are a blend of different metals, one of which is mercury. While mercury is toxic in its elemental state, according to numerous studies it poses no danger when combined with other metals. The American Dental Association has deemed amalgam to be a safe dental material to use.
We would be happy to answer your questions about the advantages of tooth-colored fillings. Please contact our Covina dental office for more information.