For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where Dr. Wettstein has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture, like a cavity. In recent years questions arose about the safety of dental amalgam, the toxicity of its mercury content, and concern about mercury emissions when it is disposed of.

Dental technology and products have also come a long way in recent years providing metal free filling options for tooth restoration. For this reason, Dr. Wettstein offers patients metal free, tooth colored fillings for possible avoidance of toxic mercury and for aesthetic results.

We also offer traditional amalgram fillings. The American Dental Association (ADA), the FDA, and numerous public health agencies say amalgams are safe, and that any link between mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded.

Advantages of Metal-Free Fillings

Composite, tooth-colored fillings, can be closely matched to your natural tooth color and is particularly well suited for front teeth or any others that have high visibility. Tooth-colored fillings using composite materials, also requires less removal of the natural tooth material in order to place them, which can result in smaller fillings in comparison to amalgam and will actually bond itself to the tooth structure providing extra support to the tooth.

What are amalgam fillings?

Most people recognize dental amalgams as silver fillings. Dental amalgam is a stable mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling.

There's no need to replace old silver fillings because of concerns about mercury in your teeth.

What are tooth colored fillings?

They are made of a light-cured resin that is reinforced with glass particles. The filling is initially a soft putty-like resin that gets hardened in the mouth with a curing light.

Can you replace my silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings?

Unless there is a cavity or cracks in your old silver fillings, it is not usually recommended to change all the silver fillings to tooth-colored fillings. The actual drilling process to remove silver filings may be irritating to the tooth, so it is not advisable to undergo unnecessary dental work.

How long will fillings last?

Tooth-colored fillings are harder and more durable than silver fillings, and a small filling could last your lifetime. The compression and bonding strength of resin materials has improved greatly over the years increasing their life span significantly.

Larger fillings may last many, many years. The factors that determine the longevity of the filling include the tooth, the size of the filling relative to the tooth, and how teeth are maintained and cleaned daily.


A crown covers a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. The cap is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure-- dental crowns range from full porcelain to full metal.


Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy smile by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable.

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Eat virtually anything plus implants help solve denture problems.


Sealants can protect parts of the tooth, particularly pits and fissures in permanent molars, from plaque and food. They can also stop small areas of decay from becoming larger.


  • "Friendly, non judgmental, fillings,crowns, cosmetic procedures are no problem for him. Never had to wait: if your appt is at 2:00, you go in at 2:00! And no delays once you are in the chair. Takes the time to answer all concerns and questions. I give him an A plus."

    -C in Weiser Idaho


  • "It was a terrific experience. You have a lighthearted yet very professional staff. I had a broken tooth emergency and you got me in right away. Thank you so much. It was a pain free appointment. That's always a good thing. "

    Tim Clason


  • "I love the warmth and genuine caring of the staff, they are always friendly and take time to know you as a person not just a job! Dr. Wettstein is friendly, puts a person at ease and a very personable and attentive dentist and I really like how he gives you options and is not pushy. He seeks to make decisions that are best for you."

    Kari Blackmore

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