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 or onlays and Tooth Colored Restorations/Fillings (resins/composites)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:
Mercury fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the mercury 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 mercury filling expands, contracts, and can split the tooth.
Mercury fillings contain 50 percent mercury–a toxic substance. They can 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. Inlays, onlays and composites 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. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth.
The result is a beautiful, healthier smile!
Replacing Mercury Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with porcelain inlays or onlays. This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary inlay or onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab:Porcelain is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary inlay or onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new porcelain restoration.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the porcelain inlay or onlay to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!