The controversy surrounding amalgam (silver) fillings versus white fillings can cause confusion while trying to make educated choices about your dental treatment. Which option is better for your health and the tooth? Which option looks the most natural? It’s time to clear up the confusion! Dr. Sid Solomon’s premier Los Angeles dental practice only uses white fillings for several reasons. Let’s learn why-
White fillings are safer for the health of patients
Amalgam fillings were the most commonly material used for fillings for many years. However, amalgam fillings, which contain 50% mercury, recently became criticized for their potential toxicity and health risks. On the other hand, white fillings are made of resin for small fillings and porcelain for inlays and onlays. They are completely metal-free and eliminate all the health risks associated with amalgam. Best of all, since white fillings are metal-free, they have no sensitivity to changes in temperature associated with amalgam fillings.
White fillings make the tooth stronger!
White fillings actually bond to the tooth to increase the strength of the tooth. Conversely, amalgam just fills the cavity without bonding to the tooth. As a result, amalgam fillings often result fractured or broken teeth, which can be expensive to fix in the long run. In addition, less existing tooth structure must be removed for the placement of white fillings compared to that of amalgam fillings.
White fillings look like your natural tooth
Amalgam fillings are dark and can be seen even in the back of the mouth. Silver fillings can also turn the teeth dark over time. Conversely, white fillings can be adjusted to the natural color of your tooth and are practically undetectable.
Dr. Solomon extensively researches all available options to best treat his patients. Call (310)475-5598 to make an appointment today!