White Fillings vs Silver
As explained by our San Marcos dentist white fillings are an esthetic and conservative choice when it comes to repairing teeth. When a tooth has a cavity (or decay) it needs to be repaired. Typically this involves removing the decayed and diseased part of the tooth and filling in the hole left behind. In the past silver was (and in some offices still is) used to fill cavities. Dental bondings are an esthetically superior choice to amalgam fillings. They are just as functional and also more tooth can be saved using white fillings vs silver.
Benefits of White Fillings
When comparing the white filling material to amalgam, there are many benefits.
1. Natural and pleasant esthetics: white fillings are far superior to amalgam fillings.
2. Biocompatible: unlike the mercury fillings, white fillings contain no such caustic compounds.
3. Protects the remaining tooth structure: white fillings are bonded to the teeth. This makes it less likely for the tooth or the filling to break.
4. Conserves the remaining tooth structure: white fillings do not require a certain "thickness" for them to work. Silver fillings do. So more tooth structure is removed just to make room for the silver. This is not the case with white fillings.
5. Easier to repair: when a white filling needs to be repaired, it can be done without removing the entire filling. This is not the case for the amalgam fillings.