We here at our Downey Dental office have chosen not to do silver mercury fillings for over 16 years. The reason for not doing silver anymore can be demonstrated by the picures below.
This patient had her silver fillings placed about a year ago.
Notice one has fallen out and another has cracked.
Notice the silver filling was removed and there is decay present under the silver filling also notice the diference in the amout of tooth stucture that is needed to be removed when doing a white fillining instead of a silver mercury filling.
Cavities cleaned out. Notice silver fillings also stain the underlining dentine.
Final result looks better and bonds the tooth togeather.