(310) 530-7011 Contact Us

Follow Us

beautiful woman with blonde long hair looking at camera having excited and happy facial expression

In the realm of dental advancements, one significant shift has been the move from traditional silver (amalgam) fillings to tooth-colored (composite resin) fillings. This transition reflects not only aesthetic considerations but also concerns for health, functionality, and overall patient satisfaction. At Torrance Dentistry, we’ve embraced this change, understanding the multitude of benefits that tooth-colored fillings offer over their metallic predecessors. Here’s why amalgam fillings are becoming a thing of the past and why composite resin is leading the way.

The Drawbacks of Amalgam Fillings

For decades, amalgam fillings were the standard in treating dental cavities due to their durability and cost-effectiveness. However, they come with several drawbacks:

  • Aesthetic Concerns: Silver fillings are highly visible and can detract from a natural-looking smile.
  • Potential Health Risks: Amalgam fillings contain mercury, leading to safety concerns for some patients despite the American Dental Association’s stance that they are safe.
  • Structural Impact: Amalgam expands and contracts with temperature changes, which can cause tooth fractures or cracks over time.

The Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings, made of composite resin, offer several advantages that align with modern dentistry’s goals: aesthetics, preservation of tooth structure, and health safety.

  1. Natural Appearance: Composite fillings are matched to the color of your existing teeth, blending seamlessly and maintaining the natural appearance of your smile.
  2. Bonding to Tooth Structure: Unlike amalgam fillings, composite resins bond directly to the tooth surface. This bonding strengthens the tooth and allows for a more conservative preparation that preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
  3. No Mercury: For patients concerned about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, composite resins provide a safe, effective alternative as they contain no metals or mercury.
  4. Reduced Tooth Sensitivity: Composite fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as they do not conduct heat or cold as metals do.
  5. Immediate Hardening: Unlike amalgam fillings, which require time to set fully, composite fillings harden in seconds under a specialized light, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately.

The Process of Receiving Composite Resin Fillings

At Torrance Dentistry, the process of receiving a composite resin filling is straightforward and efficient. After removing the decay and cleaning the affected area, your dentist will apply the composite material in layers, using a light to harden each layer. Once the cavity is filled, the filling will be shaped to match your tooth’s natural contours and polished to prevent wear and staining.

Making the Switch

Many patients opt to replace their old amalgam fillings with composite resin for aesthetic reasons or to alleviate health concerns associated with mercury. At Torrance Dentistry, we can assess your current fillings and recommend the best course of action, whether that means monitoring your existing fillings or replacing them with composite resin.

Embracing Modern Dentistry

The shift from amalgam to composite resin fillings reflects the broader trends in modern dentistry toward safer, more aesthetically pleasing, and less invasive treatments. At Torrance Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in dental care, ensuring that your smile is not only healthy but also beautiful.

If you’re interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings or considering replacing your old silver fillings, contact us at Torrance Dentistry. Let us help you achieve a healthier, more radiant smile with the benefits of composite resin fillings.

Posted on behalf of Torrance Dentistry

3500 Lomita Blvd #103
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: (310) 530-7011

Skip footer

Join our dental family today.

Torrance DentistryDr. Steve & Daniel Yabuno


3500 Lomita Blvd #103
Torrance, CA 90505

Opening Hours

  • Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


(310) 530-7011

Follow Us