White fillings are just one of the many new dental technological breakthroughs that have made your trip to the dentist easier, more comfortable, and provide beautiful, longer lasting results.
White Fillings Provide a More Natural Look and Feel
Silver fillings have been used for 150 years. Even today, around 47% of all dentists still place amalgam (silver) fillings. However, white composite fillings have been shown to be a vast improvement for dental patients. Not only are they much more aesthetically pleasing, they actually bond to the tooth structure which reinforces the tooth. Metal fillings do not bond and must be physically locked in. This requires removal of healthy tooth structure to create retentive features. Because composites bond to the tooth, the filling is more conservative. White composite fillings are made from a reinforced resin. Silver fillings are a combination of metals, including mercury. There are those that believe this trace amount of mercury is cause for concern. There are even some who have proposed the extreme measure of removing all silver fillings and replacing them with white composite fillings. However, the current ADA and FDA position is that amalgam is a safe restorative material, and any dentist who recommends removing amalgams due to health concerns from mercury vapor is deemed unethical and could have their license taken away.