Silver fillings are made of a material called “amalgam”, which is a metal alloy consisting of a mixture of different metals. Amalgam is extremely strong and is built to handle strong biting forces. Thus, silver fillings are most commonly used on back teeth where the biting force is higher. However, as society has become more concerned with aesthetics, silver fillings have become less popular. Thus, tooth colored fillings, which perfectly match the color of your teeth, have largely replaced silver fillings. However, due to their durability and longevity, silver fillings still serve a purpose in dentistry.
Whenever you need a filling, your dentist will discuss the options with you. Together, you and your dentist can decide whether a tooth colored filling or silver filling is best in that particular situation.
About our office’s goal to prevent tooth decay:
After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, my wife Joanne and I moved to Palm Beach County, where I have practiced ever since. From the day my office opened, my goal has been to help my patients prevent tooth decay. Thus, we always emphasize the importance of routine dental cleanings, as well as proper brushing and flossing. In addition, our hygienists demonstrate how to correctly brush and floss at the end of each cleaning appointment. Unfortunately, tooth decay can enlarge and worsen quickly. So, regular dental exams are important to identify cavities when they are still small. If you are due for a check-up or you have any questions, we are more than happy to see you for a complimentary exam.