Restorative Dentistry

Tooth colored fillings (mercury free)

Dr. Thomas prefers to place composite resin fillings, which are shaded to match a patient’s existing dentition (color of your existing tooth). Having trained at LVI, she understands how to create healthy, functional, beautiful smiles – and tooth-colored fillings are one simple way to maintain a smile’s beauty. Traditional amalgam (silver) fillings are dark and contain mercury, a harmful heavy metal. They also expand and shrink in response to temperature changes, resulting in tiny fractures within your teeth. Over time this stress, caused by the silver filling, can cause the tooth to fracture. Composite resins are a better alternative because they are non-toxic and help create an attractive smile. The final result is virtually invisible! Dr. Thomas can replace your existing amalgam fillings with composite resin if you want an all-white smile.

Amalgams/Mercury Fillings – Why Not?

For years there has been debate in the dental profession regarding the pros and cons of using silver amalgam fillings, which contain about 50% mercury, to restore cavities. While it has not been proven scientifically that mercury can harm you, we have chosen to not use silver amalgam/mercury fillings, as the technology involved with them is well over 100 years old. There are also several drawbacks to them, which can cause trouble for teeth with silver fillings.

Away with Silver

At our office we prefer to provide our patients with the newest and best alternatives available, which are bonded ceramic composite resins. Not only do they look natural, they provide a much better service and protection for your teeth, as they eliminate all the shortcomings of  silver fillings. They seal the teeth better, insulate against hot and cold better, and if they wear down, they can be repaired more easily. Many people who are undergoing a cosmetic improvement on their front teeth elect to have dark silver fillings in their back teeth replaced with the bonded ceramic resins to provide a total cosmetic improvement.

Please call our office to make an appointment if you want to look into replacing any of your old, silver fillings.