Why Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Better Than Metal Amalgam?

Dental plaque and tartar can be pesky, to say the least. When plaque builds up along the gumline, it can lead to gum disease and recession. Left on your teeth, plaque, and tartar will lead to dental decay. For years, dental decay was treated with silver amalgam fillings. Anybody who could see inside somebody’s mouth would notice that metal filling. This is just one reason why metal-free, tooth-colored composite resin fillings are so popular among patients who visit Dr. Jonathan Titus and the team at Titus Dentistry in Middletown, Indiana.

Here are some reasons why tooth-colored fillings are preferred over metal amalgam fillings by patients and dentists alike!


While there is some debate about how much mercury (in an amalgam filling) affects the human body, there is certainly no doubt that mercury is toxic to our health. So you would not want to put any amount of it into your mouth on a literal non-stop basis. You do not need to worry about mercury with tooth-colored fillings, which are made from a composite resin. It is completely metal-free.

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Discreet Appearance

Composite resin – the material that makes up a tooth-colored filling – can be shaded to match the color of your natural tooth. Once placed, it is then polished to match the luster and shine of the natural tooth as well. What results is a tooth restoration that is both discreet and strong, thanks to it being bonded to the tooth.

Strongly Bonded

Unlike metal amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth. This creates a much stronger, more durable restoration.

 Hot/Cold Sensitivity

When you have an amalgam filling put in place, the metals will contract and expand when you eat hot or cold foods. This can cause some discomfort. Because tooth-colored fillings are metal-free, you do not have to worry about this issue.

If you are ready to learn more about composite resin tooth-colored fillings, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Titus at Titus Dentistry today by calling (765) 358-5868.

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An alumnus of Purdue University and Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Jonathan Titus is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He always prioritizes his patients by striving to provide the best possible dental care.

With the constant developments and changes in the industry, Dr. Titus makes sure to invest his time in continuous education and training from some of the most respected and skilled dental institutions. This is done to stay abreast of any dental practices and technology that may contribute to improving his efficiency and accuracy when treating his patients. Through this, he maintains his quality of work and exceeds his clients’ expectations.

Dr. Titus is presently a member of the Dawson Academy Alumni, American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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