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After decay is removed from a tooth, something must be placed in that space to give strength back to the tooth. Our office only uses metal-free restorations as metal-based (silver-mercury amalgam) fillings weaken teeth, very often leading to cracked teeth. In addition, metal-based fillings are an aesthetic compromise.

White fillings

White (metal-free) fillings are an alternative to silver (mercury amalgam) fillings. White fillings are made of a strong composite resin that is matched to the surrounding tooth color. In the past, white fillings were placed only on front teeth, but a stronger, more durable material has been developed that can withstand the chewing pressure of back teeth.

White fillings are often preferable because:

  • Many patients prefer mercury-free fillings
  • Cosmetic reasons
  • Patients with sensitivity to heat or cold find metal-free fillings to be more comfortable.