The days of dark silver, amalgam, fillings are over. The ADA and FDA deem amalgam safe for mainstream use, but warn that pregnant women, young children, and people with mercury sensitivity should not have amalgam fillings placed. A debate has raged for years, both in dentistry and in the general public, over the safety of dental amalgam, which contains trace amounts of mercury, a heavy metal.

White FIllingsWhat’s in Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored dental fillings contain no metal whatsoever, especially mercury. The material is actually a composite resin made from finely-ground acrylic and quartz with reflective particles to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

When placing a filling, your dentist will choose a shade of composite that matches surrounding tooth structure. After cleaning the damaged tooth, the filling is placed into the cavity, then hardened (or cured) with a heatless light. Then, your dentist will check to make sure that the filling fits well in your bite and make adjustments, if necessary.

treat your cavity more discreetly with a tooth-colored filling

With a tooth-colored filling, you can treat your cavity and improve your smile’s appearance all at the same time. Find out if a tooth-colored filling is right for you by calling our dental office in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930. We proudly serve the residents of Syosset, Long Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and all surrounding New York City communities.