In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture—or amalgam—of different metals. Today that is changing as more natural-looking and metal-free fillings are becoming the preferred approach. In reality, the process of receiving a tooth colored filling is not much different than a metal filling.
The biggest benefit of tooth colored fillings is in appearance. There is no metal being inserted into the mouth, therefore nothing that suggests – at a glance – that there was ever a cavity in the first place.
Health: There may also be a health benefit to tooth colored fillings. Did you know that most metal fillings (also called Amalgam fillings) contain Mercury? While amalgam fillings are safe when properly intact, when these fillings start to break down it has been hypothesized that they may release mercury, which can be dangerous to your health. Some forms of mercury have been linked to certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis and various other health issues. Although it has not been proven whether failing dental restorations directly contribute to any of these conditions or not, many people agree that it is just not worth the risk to wait to find out either way.
Process benefits: tooth colored fillings adhere better to the tooth than metal fillings do, thereby reducing the likelihood that patients will have to return to the dentist to have a filling replaced. Filling repair or replacement is common with metal fillings. The enhanced durability of tooth colored fillings means less inconvenient visits to the dentist.