Given the opportunity to make a fully informed choice, our experience is that the vast majority of today’s dental patients will choose white fillings.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Since they bond to the tooth, white composite fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth. Silver can weaken the teeth, making them more susceptible to breakage.
  • Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, composites can save a lot of expense over the long run.
  • Composite fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
  • Teeth restored with white fillings are less sensitive to hot and cold than teeth restored with amalgam, if correct techniques are used.
  • Composites are mercury-free.
  • Composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities, the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller with composites.

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