We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury dental fillings in their mouths from years past. These tooth 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 dental bonding technologies. Inlays/onlays and dental crowns can be made in a single visit thanks to new technology: Cerec® (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics)
Disadvantages of Silver Tooth Fillings
Silver tooth 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 tooth 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 through the use of the single visit Cerec® system.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Dental Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth colored restorations. Porcelain 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 stronger.
Since the resin used to bond the porcelain to the tooth contains fluoride this can help prevent decay.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings With a Porcelain Dental Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth colored fillings made of porcelain called inlays or onlays, which can take place in a single visit.