We have been an amalgam-free practice for over 20 years. However, many people still have silver/amalgam fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.
What You Can Expect At Your Appointment:
Dr. Bisson or one of his assistants will place a rubber dam. This protective sheet will isolate your tooth and prevent you from swallowing any of the harmful material that is removed from your tooth. Your old filling is removed along with any additional decay. A new tooth coloured filling is placed that will seal your tooth as well as bond any natural walls of tooth structure together. Once finished, you now have the confidence to eat, speak and smile knowing your teeth are sealed. Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected. The result is a beautiful smile!
Disadvantages of Silver/Amalgam fillings:
Although amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for many years, they have many drawbacks. The edges of your silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in your tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Often, we find internal fractures in teeth under these older silver fillings, which eventually lead to broken teeth. Silver fillings can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.