Our Boca Raton office offers a variety of filling options to address cavities. Traditional amalgam fillings, recognized by their prominent silver appearance, have been a standard choice for over a century. Comprising silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury, these fillings bring advantages such as durability for large or molar cavities, quick hardening in challenging-to-dry areas, and reduced placement time for fidgety patients.
Despite containing mercury, dental amalgam is deemed safe and stable when combined with other metals, as affirmed by the American Dental Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and World Health Organization.
For those seeking an alternative, our Boca Raton office also provides newer mercury-free resin-based composite fillings, commonly known as white fillings. Crafted from plastic mixed with powdered glass for added strength, these fillings offer benefits such as color matching, preservation of more tooth structure, and the use of BPA-free materials. However, they may incur higher costs, require multiple visits for inlays, and take more time to place compared to amalgam fillings.
When deciding on the best filling option for you or your family, it’s crucial to research and consult with Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz.