Silver vs. Tooth-Colored Fillings


Aug 19, 2012 @ 05:55 AM — by Michael Bixby
Tagged with: Dental Fillings | Dental Crowns | Inlays Onlays |

Red Bank Dental FillingsThe best thing one can do for their pearly whites is properly maintain them. A strict oral hygiene routine involving twice-daily brushing and daily flossing will greatly reduce the chance of decay  developing in the teeth. However, cavities can occur even when good dental hygiene habits are in place, and when cavities do arise, treatment is readily available.

When a cavity has formed, a dental filling is in order. Dental fillings can also be used as restorations for instances of minor decay or to replace old or damaged fillings. In any case, one can decide whether to opt for a silver or tooth-colored filling. Please note that if decay or damage is more extensive for those in Red Bank, dental crowns may be more suitable options.  

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, the Red Bank cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Michael Bixby, dental fillings are routinely and expertly placed for our patients. Because your healthy and confident smile is our priority, we offer the full scope in cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry solutions.

Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as BPA-free composite fillings or white fillings, are the preferred and most popular option at our dental practice. As implied by their name, they allow for the most natural-looking results. Dr. Bixby likes them because of their longevity and safety aspects too! In sum, the benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:

  • Last longer than silver fillings
  • Look more natural than silver fillings
  • Can be matched to color of natural teeth
  • Free of mercury, a chemical some regard to be toxic
  • Patients with tooth-colored fillings tend to experience less pain during recovery
  • Require less removal of the existing tooth structure

Benefits of Silver Fillings

Silver fillings can be a good option at times, depending on the individual patient’s case. Benefits of silver fillings include:

  • Placement of silver fillings tends to be quicker than that of tooth-colored fillings
  • Less expensive than tooth-colored fillings
  • Last longer than tooth-colored fillings
  • Some patients simply prefer the look of silver

Our Approach

The Center for Advanced Dentistry is equipped with advanced technology such as digital X-rays, DIAGNOdent cavity detection, and air abrasion, allowing Dr. Bixby to detect cavities in the earliest stages of development. As part of his commitment to patients, he offers treatment of cavities through placement of tooth-colored fillings because of the fillings’ natural-looking results and safety record. Still, Dr. Bixby believes the best way to treat cavities is to work to prevent them. This is why he recommends daily flossing, twice-daily brushing, the use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash, and regular visits to the dentist.

Learn More about Silver vs. Tooth-colored Fillings

Dr. Michael Bixby and his friendly team look forward to treating your smile. If you have any questions concerning dental fillings, please let us know. We invite you to contact us at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Red Bank with any questions or to schedule a dental fillings treatment appointment.