Cavities are a break in the enamel of the tooth caused by decay. If you have a cavity that is big enough to cause concern, you may need a filling. Fillings can protect the tooth from further damage and stop sensitivity that can be caused by cavities. At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we use durable fillings that match the color of your teeth making them appear nearly invisible. We don’t recommend using mercury amalgam fillings and do not use them in our practice.
Aside from being extremely noticeable and unsightly, amalgam fillings can cause more harm to your health. They often contain mercury or other heavy metals that can affect your health. Another issue with these fillings is that they do not bend when pressure is applied to the tooth, and this causes more cracks in the teeth. Therefore, we recommend if you have amalgam filling to replace them.