We provide both tooth colored and the traditional silver colored fillings. We will discuss options with you, the pros and cons of both materials and honor your decision as to filling material you would like us to use. Ocassionally, due to the extent of decay one material is more ideal to use and we will explain those conditions as well. Silver 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 bonding technologies. Whenever possible, we place tooth colored fillings.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have some 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. Even with these drawbacks, we know there are times that silver fillings are preferred either by us – often times due to location of the decay – or by you, the patient. Rest assured, we will always inform you of your options and the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
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 smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations. if you are not comfortable with your smile due to silver fillings, please let us know and we will put together a plan to replace those fillings with more esthetic, tooth colored options.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!