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We encourage our patients to ask questions about their dental care. To help you find out more about our services, we've compiled a list of common questions we get about some of our most popular procedures. If you don't see your question answered here, please feel free to contact our office.
Tooth Colored Fillings (Composite)
The American Dental Association Has Performed Numerous Studies
Because mercury is one of the ingredients in amalgam (silver) fillings, many dental patients are concerned about the safety of their silver fillings. The American Dental Association has performed numerous studies on the safety of silver fillings and has not found any link between these fillings and medical disorders. Additionally, the ADA has stated that because of the way the mercury is bound to the other ingredients in the amalgam, it becomes inactivated and unable to cause harm.
The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings do have other advantages over amalgam fillings. Because the composite is the same color as your teeth, the fillings blend right in and are practically invisible. Composites can also protect the structure of your teeth from the inside. Metal fillings can expand and contract with heat and cold, and over time, these minute shifts can loosen the filling. This does not happen with composite fillings.
If you are in need of a filling, or would like to learn more about fillings, please contact our office to book your appointment today!
Composite tooth-colored fillings are made up of a combination of plastic and glass.
Composite Fillings in Dentistry
In addition to their use in filling cavities, composite filling is also sometimes used in cosmetic dentistry for reshaping and coloring purposes.