For years the most common type of filling placed has been silver amalgam. Though they are called silver fillings, they are actually about half mercury. In recent years, some research has questioned whether or not the mercury that is present in these fillings is hazardous. While no definite danger has been proven, some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of putting these fillings into their teeth, especially when there are other alternatives. Dr. Tran doesn’t use amalgam fillings. Instead, he prefers the more advanced technology of white composite fillings. While amalgam fillings are made up of metals, composite fillings are made of a combination of glass or quartz and resin materials which are blended, giving them a very natural-looking appearance.
There are many advantages to white fillings. One of their strongest is that the resin material allows the filling to be bonded directly to the tooth. You will no longer have to worry about gaps or cracks in your fillings. Instead, they actually strengthen the tooth structure.