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. Tooth-colored fillings or composites (resins), inlays or onlays create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth.
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.
Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. 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
These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composites (resins) and inlays and 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. The tooth remains intact and strong.
Since some resins used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride, this can help prevent decay. The resin, inlay, or onlay 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 Tooth Colored Inlays or Onlays
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations called inlays or onlays. This process requires two appointments.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Composites (Resins)
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected.
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