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. Composite resin white fillings 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.
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. Made of composite resin, white fillings are tooth-colored plastic mixtures. The materials bond to your teeth, which helps restore its original strength. Also, unlike mercury fillings, the material won’t expand and contract because of the fluctuating temperatures inside your mouth. This makes them a bit more durable and cheaper than amalgam metal fillings. A big cosmetic advantage is that composite white fillings can be chosen to match the shade of your existing teeth for a very natural appearance. 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 in one visit.
During Your Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- A shade is chosen to match the existing and surrounding teeth.
- The composite resin is placed in the tooth. Once cured, it is fully set and restored!
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!