We are a mercury-free practice and we do not place amalgam (silver) fillings. Composite (resin based, tooth-colored) fillings are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies. Some of our resin containing fillings are also fluoride releasing which continue to protect the teeth over time. However, sometimes this route of treatment may not suitable depending on the patient’s age, extent of the decay, and the child’s cooperation in the dental chair.
Patient and parents are also advised that bacteria can travel between the tooth structure and the composite filling material. New decay can form underneath the tooth-colored filing and these fillings can also wear down, break and fall out. These restorations, even though esthetically pleasing, do not have the strength and durability as stainless steel crowns. Treatment options are discussed at an initial visit with the comprehensive exam prior to performing any dental treatment.