Silver fillings (also known as amalgam fillings) began to be used in the early 1800s. By the 1840s, dentists began to express concern about these mercury-based fillings. Even though The American Society of Dental Surgeons denounced the use of amalgam out of concerns about the safety of mercury, these fillings continued to be used. In fact, amalgam fillings are still used today. Although the FDA has determined that amalgam fillings are safe and effective, many people still have concerns about their safety. Luckily, our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist offers tooth-colored fillings as an alternative.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a tooth-colored material called composite resin. In order to fill a cavity, this material is chemically bonded to the tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings are less prone to fracturing the teeth under normal bite forces the way metal fillings can. This type of filling also offers a more aesthetically pleasing restoration because it blends naturally with the rest of the restored tooth. The composite resin material is hard and ready to use as soon as you leave our office, which makes it a convenient restoration for our patients. A tooth-colored filling can last for many years when cared for properly. Call us today to find out more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings or to schedule an appointment with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Los Angeles.