Dr. Amit Rajani

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Are composite fillings better than silver amalgam fillings?

Dental fillings are completed today with ease, comfort, and strength in our Yonkers, NY office. The common choice in tooth restoration when fillings are needed is composite fillings, also known as “white fillings”. Composite fillings are matched to the shade of your natural teeth for a natural appearance. Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth so that less healthy tooth structure needs to be removed in preparation as with amalgam fillings. Composite fillings also handle the stressors of biting and chewing more easily. Amalgam (silver) fillings are also available, but are only done for very large cavities on back teeth that probably won’t be seen.

Additionally, for those people who still have amalgam fillings that do not need to be replaced, it is perfectly acceptable to retain these fillings. It is the recommendation of many dentists that composite fillings may be placed where amalgam fillings were when it is necessary to replace them or the patients wants a more cosmetic appearance. There are instances where Dr. Rajani will need to use amalgam fillings and he can explain his preference and answer any questions you may have.

The dental materials that we have available to us have advanced over the last few decades. At Yonkers Avenue Dental, we are pleased to offer you the information you need and all the improvements in dentistry available currently. Call our office today to schedule an examination.