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At Magnificent Mile Family Dental, the practice of Dr. Olaitan Okediji in Chicago, Illinois, we are pleased to offer mercury-free fillings for our patients’ healthy smiles. Amalgam fillings, or mercury fillings, consist of a combination of silver, tin, copper, zinc and mercury. Because amalgam fillings have mercury in them, they release small amounts of mercury into your body which may be harmful to your health.

Magnificent Mile Family Dental provides dental composite fillings, also known as white fillings, which are a tooth-colored filling that blends in with your natural smile. Composite fillings are a popular choice for your smile because they look natural. They are best-suited for small to mid-size cavities and can be used on both the front and back teeth, where they withstand the pressures of chewing.

Unlike amalgam fillings, with a composite filling, your dentist doesn’t need to cut away healthy tooth structure because the composite resin bonds to the tooth. Composite fillings shrink a tiny bit when they harden which might allow bacteria to enter, making them technique sensitive, so they take a little longer to fill, and our skilled dentist will make sure the filling is layered properly. Composite fillings last anywhere from 7-10 years when properly cared for and maintained.

If you need a cavity filled or have any questions about our mercury-free fillings, Dr. Olaitan Okediji at Magnificent Mile Family Dental in Chicago, Illinois, is here to help. You can reach our dedicated team by calling 312-280-0034 today!