Traditional silver fillings (also called amalgam fillings) are known for their strength and durability, but they are not an attractive option. Amalgam fillings show as dark spots on white teeth. In some cases, they get mistaken for tooth decay. There are also some concerns about the metal and mercury content in amalgam pastes. Instead of silver fillings, your Waterford dentists use tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored or white fillings provide the best aesthetics. They are crafted to look exactly like your natural teeth, and they blend in with the rest of your smile. They are also called “invisible” dental fillings because they don’t show when you open your mouth – no silver or dark spots, just a healthy, uniform smile.
White or tooth-colored fillings also:
Bond directly to the remaining tooth structure
Unlike amalgam or silver fillings that simply sit in the tooth, tooth-colored fillings bond directly and effectively seal the area, protecting it from re-infection and decay.
Help strengthen the tooth
Amalgam fillings weaken the remaining tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings reinforce the strength of the tooth because of direct bonding.
Produce less tooth sensitivity
Unlike metal and silver in amalgam fillings, the composite resin in tooth-colored fillings does not conduct heat or cold, so there is less sensitivity.
Require minimal tooth removal
Unlike amalgam, tooth-colored fillings don’t need lots of space, so they don’t require the removal of significant portions of healthy tooth enamel. Invisible, tooth-colored fillings can fill even small cavities without disturbing too much of the structure.