Metal or amalgam fillings can be replaced with white fillings at the discretion of a dental professional. The former is made of a combination of silver, copper, gold, and mercury and are considered a durable, stable material. Although concerns have been raised about mercury, the FDA considers them safe. The American Dental Association also supports the use of dental amalgam as a reliable and effective treatment for dental decay.
Although the consensus is that amalgam fillings are completely safe, white fillings are more natural-looking and favorable to some for cosmetic reasons.
If your metal fillings have decay or are defective, it is important to replace them to protect the long-term health of your tooth. Amalgam fillings are generally used to restore large areas of decay on back teeth because it is considered the strongest material for fillings, especially for larger teeth that have a lot of daily chewing pressure.
If you’d like to replace a decaying metal filling with a white filling, it’s important to consult with a dental professional for approval. It is also possible to replace metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings as long as your dentist believes that the long-term health of your tooth will not be compromised.
Tooth-colored fillings, or composite fillings, are typically made of a mixture of acrylic resin and ceramic or finely ground quartz or glass-like particles and are used for tooth restoration. Composite fillings provide the most durability and resistance to fracture in small and mid-sized tooth restorations, which must be able to withstand moderate pressure.
Your dentist can match a composite filling to match the color of your teeth so that it looks more natural. If restoring a small to a medium-sized tooth, composite fillings may also be a favorable choice for people who prefer as little dental work done as possible, as composite fillings can be bonded in place and do not require drilling.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to providing the best in tooth restorations and other dental services to residents in Suffolk County and Nassau County. Schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation to discuss replacing your fillings with Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry today.
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