Tooth Colored or Silver Restoration: Which is Better?

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

We, at Spring Lake Dental Group, we pride ourselves on patient education. We want you to know whenever you have an appointment; what we are going to do, why we are going to do it, how we are going to do it and how much it will be based upon your dental insurance (if you have insurance.) Our staff and business team are experts on advising you of your choices and the indications and contraindications of each of these choices. They are also very conversant about dental benefits and the limitations of your policy. Knowledge on your part is power, right?

We offer various different restorative materials to successfully restore your health and smile, but the most common question is whether to restore a tooth with a tooth colored filling or a silver amalgam filling. We offer both options and feel that both are superior restorative materials in the right situation. It is all about treatment planning and patient education. No doctor that works at Spring Lake Dental Group is intimidated by questions. Feel free to ask!

There are many dental practices in the United States that do not offer silver amalgam restorations for various reasons. They have really gotten lot of bad press lately in the media because of the fact that they contain mercury (in the chemical reaction that turns them from a soft malleable material into a hard, functional restoration.) The American Dental Association has done exhaustive work in reviewing all scientific material concerning the risks of amalgam restorations containing mercury and has made the recommendations to the dental community. They concluded that silver/tin/mercury (amalgam) restorations are an adequate restoration to place in human dentitions as a restorative material when indicated.

A quick history of the benefits and risks of choosing between tooth colored and silver restorations would have to include the indications and contraindications of each material. Let’s just say that next week’s blog will include those indications and contraindications. My advice to my patients today would be to have a face to face conversation with your care provider. Every situation is different and the art and science of dentistry is to figure out what is best for you. We, at Spring Lake Dental Group look forward to having those conversations with you!