or tooth colored fillings represent the safer and more appealing alternative to conventional amalgam. A skilled dentist
will be able to match the exact coloring of the patientís natural teeth with a corresponding white filling. In this way, the intervention will leave no visible marks.
The fillings are produced from composite resin which revitalizes the natural appearance of the teeth. Moreover, they offer several other advantages in comparison with amalgam. Firstly, the white fillings bond to the teeth surface and restore their previous strength. Amalgam or silver fillings augment the teeth susceptibility to breaking. Furthermore, the white composite filling reduces the unpleasant sensitivity to hot and cold. In contrast to amalgam fillings, the composite substance contains no mercury which is considered more toxic than arsenic, cadmium, and lead. The risks, associated with mercury leakages from the amalgam, resulted in the movement toward mercury-free dental procedures. Some practitioners even argue that mercury fillings result in serious psychological and health conditions. These include birth defects and various mental disorders. The debate is ongoing but patients are increasingly opting for the safe and more aesthetic white fillings. As an additional benefit, the new fillings require smaller reductions of the teeth structure than do the silver fillings. In view of new cavities, reductions will be drastically smaller if composites are used.
Naturally, silver fillings have some advantages in terms of cost and the time needed to complete the procedure. In general, the insurance companies
do not cover the extra cost of the white fillings. Moreover, some general practitioners may feel uncomfortable while working with composites. The latter requires the use of specific technology and consequently, previous training and experience in the field of dental bonding
. However, the safety and the natural appearance of the white fillings outweigh by far the benefits of amalgam fillings. Finally, it should be noted that beverages with high alcoholic content have adverse effect on composite fillings.
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