When you smile or speak, do you reveal a mouth full of silver fillings? Silver-mercury amalgams are unattractive, but they can also be detrimental to your health. The metal is extremely reactive to hot and cold and expands and contracts when exposed to changes in temperature. As an amalgam ages, the filling material corrodes and will allow fluid to percolate between the filling and the tooth allowing harmful bacteria to get beneath the filling, causing decay.
In this process called “amalgam creep,” the amalgam continues to increase in size with time leading to a major cause of cracked or broken teeth which in turn can necessitate crowns and sometimes root canals.
Dr. Amidi uses a composite white-colored resin material for her fillings that is “bonded” to your tooth to seal it and create a beautiful, natural-looking restoration.