Tooth-Colored Fillings.

At Northwoods Dental Spa we practice mercury-free dentistry.

No More Black Fillings!

Are you embarrassed by those ugly black fillings in your mouth?  Do they show when you laugh?  You can now have your teeth looking back the way nature intended.

Not so many years ago, there were two types of fillings… silver or gold.

Silver-mercury Amalgam has been the mainstay of dentistry for over 150 years.  While it has served us well, the days of amalgam are numbered.  Besides the fact that they become unsightly by turning black, amalgams have other drawbacks.  Silver-mercury amalgam requires removal of tooth beyond the decay in order to allow it to lock mechanically into the tooth.  The need for additional removal of tooth structure to retain silver-mercury amalgam may weaken teeth and leave them more prone to fracture.

New materials and techniques have enabled us to provide what you have wanted all along:

before tooth-colored fillings    after tooth-colored fillings

  before                                  after

Instead of unattractive silver amalgam, we use tooth-colored life-like biocompatible material, called composite

Composite fillings

are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites are also  “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing us to make a more conservative repair to the tooth