There has been a ton of controversy about amalgam fillings over the past few years. Amalgam is a composite of metals that dentists have used for decades in dental fillings. The problem is, amalgam contains mercury, a heavy metal that’s hazardous to humans. Amalgam fillings contain only trace amounts of mercury, but according to the FDA and ADA, people who are sensitive to mercury, women who are pregnant, and young children could experience adverse effects from amalgam fillings. The other issue with amalgam is that it’s dark. Metal fillings are obvious in a person’s mouth – they show when you talk, laugh, or even yawn.
For your safety and because I respect the importance of an all-white smile, at Back Mountain Dental, I place white, composite resin dental fillings.
I’m Dr. DeFinnis, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in the Back Mountain area of, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. When a patient needs a dental filling, I use a shade of composite resin that closely matches the patient’s tooth. Then, after preparing the tooth by removing all decay, I place the composite into the tooth and harden it with a curing light. I shape the filling to fit well with the patient’s bite, and, usually, my patient can’t even tell which tooth has the filling!
If you’re interested in replacing your amalgam dental fillings, or if you know that you need a new filling and you’d like it to be white, schedule a visit with me. Just call 540-763-4360 and set a convenient time with my office. I look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.