Drs. Michels & Gauquie have not placed a silver, mercury filled restoration in a patient’s mouth in over 15 years. Instead, we have chosen to place tooth-colored, less sensitive restorations. By bonding to the tooth surface, these beautiful restorations actually add significant strength to the tooth.

What are the advantages of composites?

1. Cosmetic

•These white fillings are beautiful and often can be indistinguishable from the natural tooth.

2. Strength

•A typical tooth restored with a silver restoration may lose as much as 50% of its strength.
•It can restore the strength of the tooth up to 90% of a natural, unrestored tooth.

3. Mercury free

•Did you know a silver restoration is almost half mercury?
•White, composite fillings contain no mercury.
•Health conscious individuals often choose white dental filling Materials.

What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?

A composite white filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

How is a composite placed?

Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.