If you’re concerned about the materials used to restore your teeth, in Hoffman Estates, Dr. Becker is a mercury-free dentist who only uses white composite fillings. Amalgam fillings have been in use for more than 150 years. Although some dental schools still train students in placing them and many dentists still use them, many people prefer alternatives.
Why Many People Request Mercury-Free Fillings
- Amalgam (“silver”) fillings contain silver, tin, copper, and about 50 percent mercury.
- Although mercury binds the metals and makes the filling material easy to place in the tooth, many people are concerned about it leaking from fillings and affecting their health.
- Amalgam fillings are dark and can easily show when you laugh or smile broadly.
If you’re concerned about your oral health, you might also be interested in the content of composite fillings. It’s a mixture of glass or quartz with plastic resin. How to these two types of fillings differ?
Amalgam Fillings vs Composite Fillings
- Amalgam fillings rest on teeth, expand with time, and eventually weaken teeth. Composite fillings bind to teeth and strengthen them.
- Amalgam is metal based, quickly transfers cold and heat to your teeth, and creates sensitivity. Composite fillings cause little to no sensitivity.
- Composite blends with your teeth, but amalgam is dark.
- Mercury-free composite fillings require less removal of your tooth structure.
- Composite fillings are placed in layers. They take more time and skill to place. Dental amalgam is easier, faster, and less expensive.
The “Before” photo below shows how amalgam can expand and leave gaps that allow bacteria to leak in. The “After” photo shows how composite fillings seal out bacteria and look natural.
Natural-Looking Mercury-Free Fillings
Dr. Becker has advanced training and experience in cosmetic dentistry. He uses high-quality composite materials and careful techniques to ensure you receive natural-looking fillings that enhance your smile and that will last.
If you are interested in natural-looking fillings, call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.