What are metal-free fillings?

Fillings are used to treat cavities and to replace minor tooth decay. In the past, metal was used — however, metal does not match the color of natural teeth, and it not very aesthetically pleasing. Today, dental technology has evolved to the point where white, not-metal fillings can be used. They are less noticeable. White, metal-free fillings are sometimes referred to as composite fillings. They are used instead of amalgam (metal) fillings when treating cavities or decayed teeth.

What are the advantages of metal-free fillings?

They’re more natural looking than the regular metallic (amalgam) fillings. Metallic fillings can turn black with age, and are easy to see inside your mouth. White fillings, however, match the color of your teeth. They give your teeth a more natural look.

Unlike metallic fillings, white fillings do not contain mercury. Mercury from the metallic fillings may be hazardous to your health.

White fillings strengthen the cured tooth. Layers of silicon dioxide, which is a plastic mixture filled with glass, are used to fill and stabilize the tooth.

Silicon dioxide does not conduct extreme hot and cold temperature like metallic fillings. Therefore, your teeth will not be as sensitive after treatment, unlike metallic fillings.

White fillings harden very quickly after they are placed. Metallic fillings usually take couple of hours to harden.

Who are good candidates for metal-free fillings?

Only your dentist can determine if non-metal fillings are right for you. However, generally, anyone with minor tooth decay — or anyone who wants replace an existing metallic filling — can be a candidate for white fillings. Especially if you want to enhance your smile, you can replace your old amalgam fillings with resin fillings for a dazzling new look.

Dr. Mark Darnell has years of experience with white fillings and will answer any questions you may have. Together you and he can create a healthier, more beautiful smile for you. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

Cosmetic dentistry — it truly is something worth smiling about!