Silver amalgam used to be the norm when it came to materials for restorations, such as fillings. However, silver fillings do not have much aesthetic appeal to the patient and can even cause damage to the tooth years down the road. The amalgam can break down the tooth, causing a fracture and the need for a crown to salvage the tooth.

After much research, new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing. Composed of porcelain and composite resin, these new tooth-colored restorations bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The restorations can even be custom-colored to match your child’s teeth to help give them the most natural-looking smile possible!

These new restorations require less removal of your child’s healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings, especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a tooth-colored restoration. They are also healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.

Ask us about our new tooth-colored materials and how we can restore your child’s smile!