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. Dr. McGaw will examine your silver/mercury fillings for any signs of failure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) is an option for many patients who are in need of replacement fillings or cosmetic makeover. These fillings are not only beautiful (and unnoticeable) they 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.
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
There are many advantages to 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. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this 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! Now thats something to smile about.
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
If you are anxious or hard to freeze, ask about Sedation Dentistry.
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An optical impression is made of your teeth.
- A crown will designed and milled in less than 10 minutes.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new CEREC.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the porcelin 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!