What You Should Know About Fillings
The dental industry has evolved and we do not use (ever) “silver” or amalgam in tooth decay. The problem with silver is that it can contain a percentage of mercury (which can be detrimental to children’s health). Metal fillings can also expand and contract over time as they are exposed to hot and cold temperatures. This can lead to exposed pockets around the filling and the tooth. Food and sugar can then get trapped in these little pockets causing further tooth decay. Tooth-colored restorations composed of resins and/or porcelain are a better alternative to metal fillings. These types of materials act as an aesthetic filler (who wants a bunch of metal in their mouth) and can actually help strengthen the tooth.