Dental Treatment in a Spa Atmosphere

6502B Steubenville Pike Pittsburgh, PA 15205

(412) 200-2614

Restorations (Fillings)

Advantages of silver fillings: 

  1. Durability - silver fillings last at least 10 to 15 years and usually outlasts composite fillings
  2. Strength - can withstand chewing forces
  3. Expense - is less expensive than composite fillings

Disadvantages of silver fillings: 

  1. Poor aesthetics - silver fillings don't match the color of your natural teeth
  2. Destruction of more tooth structure - healthy parts of the tooth must often be removed to make a space large enough to hold the amalgam filling
  3. Discoloration - amalgam fillings can create a grayish hue to the surrounding tooth structure
  4. Cracks and fractures - although all teeth expand and contract in the presence of hot and cold liquids, which ultimately can cause the tooth to crack orfracture, amalgam material - in comparison with other filling materials - may experience a wider degree of expansion and contraction and lead to a higher incidence of cracks and fractures
  5. Allergic reactions - a small percentage of people, approximately 1%, are allergic to the mercury present in amalgam restorations