We are a mercury-free practice. However, 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. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
They can also corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite resins are physically bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superb fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
The result is a beautiful, strong smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with either tooth-colored, bonded composite resin or with porcelain inlays or onlays. When silver fillings fail, begin leaking, wear out, or fracture, they will require removal of the filling by your doctor, cleaning of the tooth as needed, and then placement of your new, tooth-colored restoration. Most of these procedures only require one visit and an hour or less of chair time.