We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Tooth Colored Restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Tooth Colored Restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth

Disadvantages of Silver fillings:

Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break.  This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again.  With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.

Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth Colored Restorations.


Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth colored restorations.  Due to the advances in adhesion dentistry, only the affected tooth structure needs to be removed.

The tooth-colored material gets bonded to your healthy tooth, unlike having to incorporate mechanical properties in the design of the preparation for the old, silver fillings.

Obviously, since the restorative material matches your tooth, no black areas are visible.  Flouride can also be incorporated into the restoration if you are at high risk for decay.  The current materials also wear similar to that of natural teeth.


-Lubbock Dentist,  Jeremy Burke DDS, P.A.