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 could result in 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.
Silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are 2 ways old fillings can be replaced or new fillings can be done. The first is using a composite resin material, a “white filling”.
There are many advantages to these tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings 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 contains fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth so it is kind to the opposing teeth.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Porcelain Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored porcelain, lab made, restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A porcelain restoration is carefully made onto the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the restoration to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
The advantage of porcelain is that it is a very durable, stain resistant restoration.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!
Alexia R. Lucero, DDS
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