Amalgam is also known as a silver filling. This filling material is a combination of metals; we however do not offer this as a form of restoration due to amalgam causing fractures on the remaining tooth structure and  the metals containing mercury.  (see Resin-Based Composite)

Reasons not to use Amalgam for dental use:

  • Dental amalgam is unsightly and blackens over time
  • Dental amalgam expands and contracts with hot and cold, often contributing to painful fractures in the remaining tooth structure
  • Exposure to mercury should be minimized where an alternative restorative is available particularly in children, pregnant women and persons suffering from kidney disease
  • The single greatest source of mercury exposure for the general population is dental amalgam
  • Possible short-term sensitivity to hot or cold after the filling is placed
  • The silver-colored filling is not as natural looking as one that is tooth colored, especially when the restoration is near the front of the mouth and shows when the patient laughs or speaks
  • To prepare the tooth, the dentist may need to remove more tooth structure to accommodate an amalgam filling than for other types of fillings
  • Amalgams are placed after decay is removed from a tooth. Our office can provide and place amalgam fillings in certain cases, but our preferred treatment is Composite Restorations because of the disadvantages noted above. Cost varies widely, due to the amount of surfaces and complexity involved in the removal and filling. Our front office staff can give you an estimate for your particular fee and insurance coverage

Amalgam vs. Composite