When you smile, do you reveal teeth filled with metal? Not only do metal fillings detract from the natural beauty of your smile, they can actually damage the teeth they were meant to protect.

Metal fillings react to temperature changes, expanding when exposed to heat (coffee, tea), contracting when exposed to cold (ice cream, cold drinks). This constant movement of the filling (expanding and contracting) can cause the tooth wall to break or fracture. It also creates a space between the metal filling and the tooth wall, allowing bacteria to sneak in and cause more decay.

There are safer — and more attractive — solutions to tooth restoration.

To restore small cavities, I use tooth-colored composite fillings. These fillings are made right in the office, are safer for your teeth than metal fillings, and restore your tooth to a healthy look without weakening the remaining tooth.