It’s Time to Lose the Dangerous Mercury with Natural Looking Tooth-colored Fillings
The Problem Is, Unfortunately, Very Widespread
We are a mercury-free practice; however, many people have silver and/or mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye (that's putting it mildly). Aside from the toxicity issue, a lot of silver/mercury fillings — usually due to poor design — ultimately result in weakened tooth structure, which is almost adding insult to injury. But there's a fix: porcelain inlays and tooth-colored onlays create fillings that are beautiful, oftentimes unnoticeable (if they're in the back of the mouth), and strong. If you don't need an inlay or onlay, simple silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
The specific disadvantages of silver fillings, in addition to the low-lights aforementioned, are these: the edges of silver fillings can wear down, weaken, and/or break. This results in the tooth not being protected, which invites unwanted cavities to crash the party. With age, the metal further expands, contracts, and then will ultimately split.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. Resin contains fluoride, which can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums! The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver fillings with a Tooth-Colored Restoration
It'll usually take two apointments to replace silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). At your first appointment, we will:
- Remove the old filling and any excess decay
- Make an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab
- Place a temporary onlay on the tooth
At your second appointment, we will:
- Remove the temporary
- Prepare your tooth with conditioning gel
- Bond the tooth in place with bonding cement and a high-intensity light
- Polish the tooth
Your teeth will then be restored to look and feel natural, and they will actually be stronger, which will offer more protection.