Why Did My Dentist Put a Silver Filling In?

Moore Family Dentistry, located in Garner, NC provides patients with exceptional dental care to ensure you maintain optimal levels of oral health for years to come!

Silver or amalgam fillings have been around for decades. So if you’re at least 30 and have ever had a cavity, it’s highly likely that your dentist put an amalgam filling in. In the past, amalgam fillings were the only option.

Contrary to popular belief, amalgam fillings are made up of more than just silver. In fact, they only contain 32% of it. They are mainly comprised of mercury, tin, copper, and zinc. Even though trustworthy organizations like the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deem silver fillings safe, there is a better option.

What are Tooth Colored Fillings?

Dental advances in the Garner, Raleigh and Cary area have allowed many dentists including Dr. Moore to offer an alternative to amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings are made from a composite resin material and can be customized to match the exact color of your teeth enamel.

So if you receive them, you don’t have to worry about any noticeable dark spots in your mouth. The greatest benefit of tooth colored fillings is that they’ll blend in seamlessly with your other teeth. Unless you tell people, nobody will ever know you had a dental cavity filled.

Since Dr. Moore does not remove as much natural tooth structure as he would with silver fillings, you’ll be able to leave more of your healthy tooth structure intact. In addition, tooth colored fillings are free of mercury, which has been known to be a toxic material. The procedure will take no more than a half hour so you can come in and receive it without a long commitment. Our Lake Norman, NC dental friends at Davidson & Burr have explained that more and more young patients are coming in with tooth colored fillings. This is great to hear!

Interested in Tooth Colored Fillings? Contact Moore Family Dentistry

If you believe you may benefit from tooth colored fillings, don’t hesitate to reach out to Moore Family Dentistry today. Call our office at 919-772-1811 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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