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Why tooth-colored fillings are popular

At Kitty Hawk Dental Care of Livermore, California, Dr. Kimberly King and her team are committed to providing the best care possible and reducing a patient’s risk of developing issues from the materials used. That is why she avoids using silver amalgam materials as cavity fillings when decay appears and instead uses tooth-colored dental fillings made of composite resin.

Why should I avoid silver amalgam fillings?

Silver amalgam fillings can also expand and contract due to temperature changes, leaving small areas around the filling for bacteria to enter the tooth. This expanding and contracting may cause teeth to fracture. That can result in a serious infection that might require root canal therapy to address or permanent extraction of the tooth.

What is an alternative to silver amalgam fillings?

If you are concerned about the safety of silver amalgam fillings, you can ask your dentist to use another type of filling. At our practice, we strongly encourage patients to consider composite resin fillings, or “tooth-colored fillings,” to repair a cavity safely and effectively. This material is safe, effective, and aesthetic, ensuring a proper seal of the tooth and keeping decay from expanding deeper into the natural tooth structure.

Can I have silver amalgam fillings removed and replaced?

Absolutely! Dr. Kimberly King of Kitty Hawk Dental Care in Livermore, CA, is pleased to offer the replacement of silver amalgam fillings with composite resin alternatives. If you are ready to learn more, contact the office by calling (925) 371-8880 to request a consultation visit and discuss your options.