White Fillings | Mercury-Free | Cosmetic Dentistry | New Westminster BC

By: Asante Dental Centre - Yaletown  09-12-2011

White Versus Silver Fillings

At Asante Dental, patients have the option of white or silver fillings.

What are the differences? Find out below.

Material

• Acrylic (plastic) with glass filler particles•Alloy of various metals including silver, mercury, and copper

Average Lifespan

•7-8 years•8-10 years

Bonding

• Almost always bonded to tooth• Can be bonded in some cases

Procedure

•Involves MINIMAL REMOVAL of tooth structureMORE tooth structure is REMOVED for mechanical locking

Tooth Strength

Less likely to cause tooth fracture• Tooth MAY FRACTURE as restoration weakens remaining tooth structure

Appearance

• Looks NATURAL• Less attractive, VISIBLE

Costs

•Costs more than silver filling• Less expensive than white filling


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