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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 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 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
|Strength||Amalgam fillings rest on teeth and they expand, both of which weaken teeth.||Composite resin binds to the teeth and strengthens them.|
|Sensitivity||Metal-based dental amalgam quickly transfers cold and heat to teeth and creates sensitivity.||Non-metal composite fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity.|
|Natural Look||Dental amalgam darkens with time.||Composite resin blends in with your teeth.|
|Invasiveness||Amalgam fillings require more removal of your tooth structure.||Placing a composite filling is less invasive.|
|Ease of Use||Amalgam 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.
Good explanations of options, good job of checking in on me as a patient so I'm not just an object. They offer a credit plan with no interest for a year. Small, consistent staff are welcoming.
I have been seeing Dr Schof and his staff for years. My care has always been excellent. His attention to detail and cosmetic results are great. And he and his staff have always been wonderful with my dental anxiety!
His office always runs on time. They are very respectful of your time. His staff is top notch and Dr Schof is excellent. Highly recommend!
The best experience I have ever had at a Dentist office! The staff make you feel comfortable and above all Dr. Schof made me feel like I was the most important patient.
Kudos to Dr. Schof and his wonderful staff as they make dental care a pleasant experience. I had an old filling taken out today and a new crown put on, all in one visit! It fits perfectly and I don't have to go back for another fitting!
Always a good experience. Dr. Schof and his staff are very responsive to your needs, professional and caring.