Metal Free Filling
When it comes to restoring dental decay, something better than amalgam has been created which is composite, the white fillings which have been around for 25 years. They started off being mostly used in the front teeth, but now with the 4th and 5th generation composites, they have strong glass/silicate fillers so that we can use them for the back teeth also. White fillings can be shaped in any way the dentist wants, therefore we don't have to destroy as much tooth structure as we do with amalgam. If you want to have composites, you must find a dentist who has a great deal of experience in doing this, or who only offers composite fillings, for the process is extremely technique sensitive.
Porcelain Restorations and Composites have largely replaced the old mercury fillings in most dental offices. With some question about the increased health risk of metal fillings, Dr. Laaly prefers the Metal Free Filling. Additionally, metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes, stressing the tooth and causing fractures.
Why Porcelain and Composites are superior to Amalgam (metal filling):
- Porcelain and composites do not contain mercury, a toxic substance found in amalgam.
- Porcelain fillings can last a lifetime
- Porcelain and Composites bond with your tooth for added strength
- Porcelain can be perfectly matched to your tooth color
- Porcelain is a better sealant, reducing tooth decay
Fillings are used to treat cavities. If you suspect you have a filling. A good indication of a cavity is tooth pain, especially when exposed to cold. If you are suffering from one or more cavities, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Untreated cavities lead to prolonged pain and an increased risk of further tooth decay, which can lead to more involved, costly, and time-consuming dental treatment.
If you do have a cavity then metal-free fillings are for you. They're used to replace old, leaking metal fillings. Additionally, if you currently have metal fillings we can replace them with natural-looking tooth colored fillings. No more unsightly silver or black fillings.
Who is a good candidate for metal-free fillings?
Only your dentist can determine if non-metal fillings are the best option for you. However, generally, anyone with minor tooth decay or anyone who wants to replace an existing metallic filling can be a candidate for tooth-colored fillings. Especially if you want to enhance your smile, you can replace your old amalgam fillings with resin fillings for a dazzling new look.