Traditional (Silver Amalgam) vs. Tooth-Colored Fillings
Many dentists believe that amalgam fillings are safe and continue to use it. However, Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr. thinks it’s wise to use alternative fillings in our dental practice. If you’re still undecided on your choice of fillings, call us and we can help you find out which type is best for you.
Amalgam used to be the most popular material used to fill cavities. Its metal content includes silver, mercury, zinc and copper. It’s mercury in amalgam fillings that raised concerns. Continuous exposure to huge amounts of mercury has been linked to headaches, anxiety and memory loss. Studies show that people with amalgam fillings are exposed to minimal amounts of mercury. But, mercury vapor, when inhaled, can accumulate in tissues of the body, especially in the lungs, brain and kidneys. This accumulation poses certain health risks.
Amalgam fillings last longer and are cheaper than the alternatives. There are downsides to this filling, however. Aside from possible health risks, these fillings do not match the color of your teeth. Also, many people are sensitive or allergic to silver which is a component of amalgam fillings.
Teeth-colored fillings are made of composite resins that are non-metallic. Composite resins are a mixture of a tooth-colored plastic and fine glass particles. Since these match the color of your teeth, they are great for repairing visible teeth. They also have bonding properties which can make your teeth stronger.
Studies have not shown any harmful effects of teeth-colored fillings. During preparation, there is almost no need to remove healthy teeth to make space for teeth-colored fillings. But, these cost more and may not last as long as amalgam fillings.
There are fillings such as ceramics which are made of porcelain and are most suitable as inlays. Inlays are generally used to fill large cavities. Ceramic fillings are custom-made and cemented inside teeth. They are stain-resistant and highly aesthetic. Ceramic fillings are expensive and more brittle than composite resins.
Your Health is our Priority
Our primary concern is the safety and biocompatibility of dental products and materials used in our practice. Whenever possible, we recommend the use of non-metallic fillings to our patients. Also, our services include the removal of amalgam fillings. We use the latest methods to remove these. But first, Dr. Regni must examine your teeth so he can determine if a particular filling should be removed or replaced.
Our desire to use non-metallic materials goes beyond fillings and extends to dental appliances such as braces and other aligners. We also use composite resins to repair chipped or broken teeth. It’s not just for aesthetic purposes but for health reasons too! For more on dental fillings, give us a call at 215-351-9399.