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 and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong, thanks to new bonding technologies.
Silver fillings have many drawbacks: The edges of a silver filling can wear down, become weak, or even break. This results in the tooth not being protected, and allows cavities to be generated once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and then can split.
Silver fillings contain 50% mercury. Due to this, the fillings can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
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!
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your teeth are restored to look and feel natural. They are stronger, and the tooth is protected!