dental Fillings

Why choose tooth colored filling?

Are you worried about your silver fillings? Do they show when you smile? These “silvery” fillings are actually amalgam, which contains mercury. Due to their affordability and durability this type of filling was often used in the past.

What’s wrong with amalgam (metal/mercury filling)?

At White Oak Dental, we do not believe in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” What we know now is that old metal fillings expand and contract, weaken teeth and allow bacteria in because they are not bonded into place. Inevitably they fail, corroding in the mouth and leading to several possible outcomes:

  • Fractured and broken teeth
  • Loss of tooth or tooth structure
  • Root canal treatment because of decay under the filling
  • Tooth repair with a crown
Old Amalgam Example

Old Amalgam

Fracture Under Amalgam

Fracture Under Amalgam

After

After

Progression Chart of Cracked Teeth

Progression Chart of Cracked Teeth

 

Better looking, better for your health

By replacing your mercury fillings we work to restore your teeth’s natural strength, and natural color of your teeth at the same time. Often called a composite filling, white dental fillings are comprised of quartz particles that are incorporated into a binding “glue-like” substance. Unlike Amalgam fillings, composite fillings are actually chemically bonded to the tooth.

Treat your teeth to the best treatments

By using the most modern treatments available, Dr. Swapna Menon and her team strive to provide you with the best choices for your optimum oral health. She and her team work diligently to treat your dental problems, while preventing new ones from occurring.