Tooth-colored dental fillings:
Virtually invisible, made to last.
One of the most welcome advances in dentistry was the introduction of white composite (or "tooth-colored") dental fillings. Until that point, silver amalgam dental fillings were the only option for filling decayed areas of the tooth. Both somewhat unsightly and the source of much controversy due to mercury content, silver amalgams have been slowly fading from the scene for several years. Your dentist should always offer you the option of white/tooth-colored dental fillings.
DAdvantages of white/tooth-colored dental fillings:
• The appearance of tooth-colored fillings is far superior, blending in perfectly with surrounding teeth
• The presence of mercury in the silver amalgam filling is a controversial issue. The white/tooth-colored fillings contain no mercury and are a fusion of glass and plastic.
• Tooth-colored fillings bond completely with the tooth to restore its strength, whereas silver fillings may ultimately weaken the tooth.
• The size of the hole prepared for tooth-colored fillings is often smaller than that needed for silver/amalgam fillings.
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