Until just a few years ago, there were only two practical options for filling a cavity in a back tooth – either silver amalgam or a costly gold inlay. They were the only materials strong enough to withstand heavy chewing forces. Now, however, with advances in filling and bonding technology, white composites can be placed that are extremely wear resistant and offer the added advantage of bonding to tooth structure.
Few people realize that what are called silver fillings are actually less than half silver. There is more mercury in them than silver. And the technical term for the material is silver amalgam. The American Dental Association (ADA) considers these amalgam fillings safe, but many people are still uncomfortable with the idea of having mercury in their mouths.
Dr. Steve Sirin in Elgin has placed white composite fillings for many years. In addition to being mercury-free, white fillings offer many benefits that amalgam or silver fillings do not.
If you have a cavity and are interested in mercury-free white composite fillings or simply have questions about the process, please give our offices a call.