Fillings are restorations done to repair areas of decay / fracture or for cosmetic treatments. We are a mercury-free practice and offer tooth colored fillings so we can minimize mercury exposure from unsightly metallic amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings contain mercury and over time can corrode, leak and cause stains. Bonded tooth colored fillings are esthetic and require less tooth structure removal compared to amalgam fillings. This results in relatively stronger restorations that are beautiful and virtually unnoticeable.
The size of fillings done depends on the area of decay or fracture. Despite drastic improvements in filling material properties, a dental crown may still be needed to predictably restore teeth that lack adequate strength for a filling due to a large area of decay or fracture.