What’s the difference between metal and tooth-colored fillings?
An amalgam filling contains a mixture of gold or silver, mercury, and other metals. For decades, dentists used this material because it was durable and non-corrosive (it didn’t damage the surrounding teeth). Lately, however, there’s been concern about potential health issues caused by leaking mercury. To avoid these risks, we fill cavities with safe, durable composite resin. This material is extremely strong and long-lasting and can be tinted to match your natural tooth color. Dr. Hedge and Dr. Frazar fill all new cavities with composite resin and uses it to replace older amalgam fillings as well. If you have questions about your current amalgam fillings or want to schedule a consultation, call today.