TOOTH FILLINGS

DentalRestorations

Compositefillings serve as a safer, more aesthetically pleasing alternative to silveramalgam fillings. Not only will cosmetic fillings blend in beautifully withyour natural tooth, they can also preserve and restore the strength of your tooth.

Metalfillings, aside from being unsightly, can weaken and/or discolor your teethover time. Composite fillings, on the other hand, can be custom colored andbonded directly to your tooth, for a natural looking restoration that improvesthe strength and function of your tooth.

We are amercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillingsin their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasingto the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillingsultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and toothcolored restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (orunnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations areesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantagesof Silver fillings

Silverfillings 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 letscavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver fillingexpands, contracts, and can split.

Silverfillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains onyour teeth and gums.

Fortunately,silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.

Advantagesof Tooth-Colored Restorations

Thereare many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded tothe teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Suchrestorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure hasbeen lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Sincethe resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can helpprevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not requireplacement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

Theresult is a beautiful smile!

ReplacingSilver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

You canhave your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays).This process requires two appointments.

YourFirst Appointment

The oldfilling is removed along with any additional decay.

Animpression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to thelab.

Atemporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At theLab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is thendesigned to look natural.

YourSecond Appointment

Thetemporary onlay is removed.

Aconditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.

Bondingcement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to thetooth.

Thetooth is then polished.

Yourteeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the toothis protected!