Elk Grove Smile Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Mercury-Free Tooth-Colored Fillings

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At our dental office, we empower our patients to take charge of their own dental care and treat them as a valued member of their dental team. Effective education and understanding of the dental procedures and treatments we recommend is a part of that.

We encourage and welcome questions. Take a look at this selection of questions our patients ask often. If your question is not answered here, please give us a call or contact us online, and we will be happy to help you.

Mercury-Free Tooth-Colored Fillings

We provide quality and aesthetically pleasing dental fillings.

In the past dental fillings were typically made of silver amalgam. Today, our dental fillings in Elk Grove Village are created using white composite.

Composite resin fillings, unlike amalgam, are mercury-free and colored to match your teeth. The same composite resin can also conceal tooth flaws like chips and discoloration in a method called dental bonding.

(The mercury found in composite fillings has been deemed safe by the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration. But some patients feel more at ease with a mercury-free restoration.)

Composite resin is made from harmless glass quartz, ceramic, and silica particles. And it has been proven to be a strong and reliable restoration for a cavity-treated tooth.

While tooth-colored fillings are strong and aesthetically pleasing, they are no match for a cavity-free smile. To achieve this, you should visit your dentist every six months for checkups and professional teeth cleanings. And never skip brushing and flossing sessions!

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Call us today to arrange your next checkup and teeth cleaning with the dentist. And always reach out to a friendly team member if you have any questions about our treatments and services.

tooth colored fillings elk grove village Many people are familiar with metal amalgam fillings, which are often referred to as silver fillings although they are actually composed of about 50% elemental mercury. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin that is completely free from metal or mercury. Once placed, they blend in well with the natural color of your teeth for a flawless finish that hides the fact that you have had a cavity filled.

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If you are in need of a filling and are looking for a tooth-colored, natural-looking filling, please contact Elk Grove Smile Center to schedule your appointment today. 

There was a time when aesthetic options for filling teeth were limited by the materials we had available. Today, we use modern tooth-colored fillings that allow us to create a conservative repair that preserves more of your healthy tooth structure. Even better, the material is so aesthetic that no one—not even you—will be able to detect where the filling meets your tooth!

If you get a cavity, we need to repair it to prevent the decay from spreading and preserve the tooth structure. Dr. Advani recommends tooth-colored fillings for our Elk Grove Village patients because they do such a beautiful job.

This filling material is a “composite,” or mixture, of glass and resin particles that mimic the luster and translucence of natural dental enamel. Dr. Advani will customize the shade of the material to match existing teeth for a beautiful, seamless repair and a natural appearance. No one will ever notice you’ve had any dental work done!

Another benefit of choosing this type of filling is that the process used helps us preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Silver fillings require us to create a large space in the tooth, but with composites, we only need to remove its decayed portion. The material is then bonded securely to the tooth structure and set with a curing light.

At Elk Grove Smile Center, we have lots of options for both restoring your health and improving the appearance of your smile. If you think you have a cavity and need a tooth filling, please call our Elk Grove Village dental office to arrange a convenient appointment.

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