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Mercury-Free Dentistry

Amalgam fillings, often referred to as silver fillings, contain silver, tin, copper, and about 50 percent mercury. The mercury is used to bind the metals together and to make the filling material easy to manipulate and place. But since mercury is toxic, many people are concerned about it leaking from fillings and affecting their health. That’s why Dr. Charles Schof is a mercury-free dentist, providing white composite fillings to all patients.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings have been used for more than 150 years. They are a tried and true method for repairing cavities and halting tooth decay. Some dental schools still train students in placing these types of fillings, and many dentists still use them in their practices. But many patients and dentists opt for the alternative.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings contain a mixture of glass or quartz with plastic resin. They are a new alternative, and because of this, we have limited information on the effects they have on patient’s overall health. But they’re still a popular alternative to silver fillings because composite resin can be treated to mimic the color of your natural teeth.

Amalgam vs. Composite Fillings

Amalgam Fillings vs Composite Fillings
AmalgamComposite
StrengthAmalgam fillings rest on teeth and they expand, both of which weaken teeth.Composite resin binds to the teeth and strengthens them.
SensitivityMetal-based dental amalgam quickly transfers cold and heat to teeth and creates sensitivity.Non-metal composite fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity.
Natural LookDental amalgam darkens with time.Composite resin blends in with your teeth.
InvasivenessAmalgam fillings require more removal of your tooth structure.Placing a composite filling is less invasive.
Ease of UseAmalgam is easier and faster to place.Composite fillings require more time and skill to place. It’s placed in layers that need to be hardened by a special light. It needs to be shaped, smoothed, and polished.
Natural-Looking, Mercury-Free Fillings

Dr. Schof is an experienced cosmetic dentist who has the skill and technique required to place composite fillings that will last. He will ensure the composite material matches your teeth and enhances them. When you smile or laugh, it will look completely natural.

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