At Bayou Dental Group, Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson provide mercury-free dentistry. They use tooth-colored composite fillings that look natural and strengthen your teeth.
Amalgam—or silver—fillings are made of several metals, including about 50 percent liquid mercury. The American Dental Association says amalgam fillings are safe and effective for filling cavities, and many dentists still use them. Still, many people want to limit their exposure to any materials or products that contain mercury, so they want alternatives to amalgam fillings.
At Bayou Dental Group, we haven’t placed any amalgam fillings for over 30 years. If you have a cavity that requires a filling, we will use tooth-colored composite—a blend of silica or quartz bound with resins. Dr. Finley or Dr. Henderson will select a shade of composite that matches your teeth.
Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings
- Preserves much more of your tooth structure—only decay will be removed
- Requires specific bonding technology, technique, and more time to place
- Bonds to your teeth and strengthens them
- Weakened tooth substance can be left in place, strengthened by bonding technology
- Insulates your teeth with minimal to no post-operative sensitivity
- Tooth colored—people won’t notice them
- Requires the removal of any weakened tooth structure, resulting in much more aggressive tooth preparation in many cases
- Easy for general dentists to place without getting extra training
- Cheaper to place
- Tends to weaken the teeth
- Increases sensitivity to heat and cold because they contain metal
- Dark and noticeable on your teeth
- Tends to corrode over time
The photos below are an example of the natural-looking results you can expect with mercury-free fillings. Old amalgam fillings were replaced with composite that matches the teeth and makes them look healthy.
Take Care of Your Mercury-Free Fillings
- Daily brush and floss to control a buildup of plaque on your teeth and fillings.
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption. Alcohol softens the composite.
- Schedule regular dental exam and cleaning appointments to maintain good oral health and stable fillings.
Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson use high-quality materials. And they are proficient with composite bonding technology and techniques. You will receive natural-looking fillings that last. If you’re interested in mercury-free dentistry, complete our Request an Appointment form or call us to schedule an appointment.