Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Tooth colored restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
There are many choices in restorative materials in the 21st Century. Technology has given us the best materials ever available to offer our patients. This is a complex subject that should be discussed with Dr. Hoekstra and her team. Your choices are based on your oral health, your desires, and proven scientific outcomes of various restorative materials. This is not a one size, fits all, discussion.