If you prefer mercury-free, white (tooth colored) fillings, you’ll be happy to know that Dr. Derek Clease can accommodate this request!
Many people still have amalgam (silver) fillings from years past in their teeth.
These fillings are made up of a combination of metals and are sometimes referred to as mercury alloys. They are not particularly pleasing to the eye, they also present a health issue for some.
Because of the unavoidable 'undercut' design required to retain the filling material, the old mercury/metal fillings result in a weaker tooth.
As they age, these metal fillings expand, putting pressure on the remaining tooth and causing microfractures. As the old metal filling lifts, bacteria can leech in under the filling, resulting in further problems.
For many years, metal fillings were the best we had, but current technology has allowed for the development of a number of new dental filling materials materials.
Porcelain inlays, onlays, crowns and composite resins materials can create fillings that are more aesthetically pleasing than metal ones, and also more conservative and add strength to the tooth.
Dr. Clease can improve your oral health and your smile by repairing your natural teeth with composite fillings. Amalgam-free options are available for all dental procedures, and teeth can be repaired with tooth colored fillings, inlays, onlays, veneers and/or crowns.