Tooth colored fillings- As everything else in dentistry, the filling of choice has changed over time. Use to be that the filling material of choice was an alloy composed of mainly half silver and half mercury known as amalgams or silver fillings. Silver/mercury fillings have stirred quite a bit of controversy. In fact in some countries in Europe, it has altogether been banned and in California for example, it is not allowed to be placed in pregnant woman. There is quite a bite of argument back and forth as to why is should or should not be used.
In the office of Dr Alfred Marquez we have decided that Amalgams are no longer our filling of choice. There are too many drawbacks in our opinion; from cracking teeth to mercury content. We don’t like the idea of taking chances with our patients’ health and have chosen not to use them.
Today our choice is Composite bonded restorations. Our modern composite fillings contain no metal so you never have to worry about toxic or heavy metals leaching into your system. They are not only strong and versatile, they match your teeth. We can match them to your natural tooth shade so no one can see that you have had a filling at all!