Dental fillings are a common treatment in modern dentistry. In the past, many fillings were made out of a metallic alloy that stood out from the white tooth. To help our patients have a more natural-looking smile, our practice offers metal-free dental fillings in La Jolla, California.

The problem with silver fillings

Dental Bonding

Traditionally, fillings have been made of silver amalgam. However, there are several problems with these fillings. For one thing, they look terrible. More importantly, one of the metals used in this alloy is mercury, a metal that is toxic and can have a negative impact on your health. Over time, small amounts of mercury may be released into your body through the amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings also eventually lead to tooth fractures and cracks.

Composite dental fillings

Composite dental fillings are made of tooth-colored materials — usually a mixture including porcelain and resin. They blend in with the natural color of your tooth to produce a beautiful result. Composite fillings are also long-lasting, matching the natural contours of your tooth and actually working to strengthen the tooth structure for better long-term results.

Dougherty Dental’s commitment to you

Our dentists and team are committed to your oral and overall health. Our office does not use any materials or products that contain mercury, and we will work with you to replace your amalgam fillings with healthier and natural-looking composite fillings.

Schedule your appointment

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about composite dental fillings and metal-free dentistry. We invite you to call us at 858-454-2656 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Paul E. Dougherty or Dr. Scott O. Szotko. We look forward to helping you regain a healthy smile!