At the dental practice of Dr. Scott Ferguson, Dr. Neha Batra, and Dr. Logan Smith in Kimball, Michigan, we are pleased to offer mercury-free fillings for our patients’ healthy smiles. Amalgam fillings, or mercury fillings, consist of a combination of silver, tin, copper, zinc and mercury. Because amalgam fillings have mercury in them, they release small amounts of mercury into your body which may be harmful to your health.
At our practice, we provide white dental fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, which are a tooth-colored filling that blends in with your natural smile. Composite fillings, or white fillings, are a popular choice because they keep your smile looking natural. They are perfect for small to mid-size cavities and can be used on both the front and back teeth.
Unlike amalgam fillings, with a composite filling, your dentist doesn’t need to cut away healthy tooth structure because the composite resin bonds to the tooth. Composite fillings shrink a tiny bit when they harden which might allow bacteria to enter, making them technique sensitive, so they take a little longer to fill, and our skilled dentists make sure the filling is layered properly. Composite fillings last anywhere from 7-10 years when properly cared for and maintained.
If you need a cavity filled or have any questions about our mercury-free fillings, Dr. Scott Ferguson, Dr. Neha Batra, and Dr. Logan Smith in Kimball, Michigan, are here to help. You can reach our dedicated team by calling 810.985.3301 today!