Metal amalgam containing mercury used to be the material of choice for its malleability and low cost to manufacture. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Firouzian, prefers tooth-colored composite and white fillings that are aesthetically appealing and mercury-free. If you currently have mercury amalgam fillings, we can replace those old bits of metal with more attractive white fillings quickly and easily.
Advantages of White Fillings
Many dentists use composite fillings because they can be directly applied during an initial visit. Dr. Firouzian takes your overall smile into consideration will help you determine the best material for your smile. You may want a quick fix, or you may prefer the look and function of porcelain. Ceramic porcelain has many advantages over both amalgam and composite fillings, including:
- Translucent quality
- Non-porous material
And with our CEREC system, you can get ceramic fillings in a single visit.
Mercury amalgam fillings, especially if you have more than one, can seriously detract from your smile. Their silver color does not blend well with your natural teeth. Composite fillings, on the other hand, lack the shiny luster of porcelain but is still much more attractive than metal. Composite fillings are also porous and may dim over time, while porcelain is smooth and stays strong.
Our restorative goal is to return your teeth as close as possible to their original appearance, function, strength, and longevity. In general, we recommend composite fillings for small cavities. For fillings larger than a third of the biting surface, and fillings that involve the points (cusps) of the tooth, we recommend porcelain fillings. Often, the size of the filling–and whether we have to resort to a dental crown to protect your tooth–may have to be determined at the time we prepare the tooth.
White Fillings and Smile Makeovers
If you are looking to brighten your smile, replacing your old amalgam or even your old composite fillings with white fillings may be part of a full-mouth restoration plan you create with the help of cosmetic dentist Dr. Firouzian. Even teeth that do not require full restoration can be improved with porcelain veneers to ensure that all the teeth in your smile line complement each other. Not only do white fillings and veneers look great, they last longer and are tougher than traditional tooth restoration options.