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Dental Fillings Los Angeles: Mercury/Silver(Metal) vs. White (Resin) filling

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Dental Fillings Los Angeles

A dental restoration or dental filling is a dental restorative material used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. Without restoration, bacteria are able to gain access to the interior structure of the tooth, causing further damage. Several filling materials exist, but mercury/silver and white/resin are the two most commonly used. If you have broken or decayed teeth, Dr. Shervin M. Louie has laid out the difference between these two fillings to help you decide which may be right for your situation.

Mercury/Silver fillings have a high metal content that makes them capable of withstanding strong bite forces. These fillings are fairly inexpensive, but because they contain mercury, many people are uncomfortable with their use.

Mercury/Silver fillings are not advised for pregnant women or people with certain health conditions and also increase the risk of sensitivity in the restored tooth. Because retention grooves must be created before placement, more tooth structure is removed than with other types of fillings, which weakens the tooth.

White/Resin fillings, on the other hand, are made of an acrylic and glass composite. White, or composite, fillings are natural looking and harden quickly, allowing patients to eat and drink immediately without having to worry about damaging their new filling. White fillings also bond directly to the tooth, resulting in a overall stronger tooth. White fillings tend to cost more than Mercury/Silver fillings.

Teeth at least should be brushed twice and flossed once daily. If you have a cracked or damaged tooth or are suffering from dental decay, call us and you can speak to Dr. Shervin M. Louie our Los Angeles dentist about which filling material may be best for you.

Dr. Shervin M. Louie provides many dental treatments, including dental implants, dental veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign and many teeth whitening treatments.