We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have metal fillings in their mouths from years past. We know that by unavoidable design, these fillings ultimately result in weakening tooth structure as they age. Tooth colored restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful (and unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong as a result of 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 can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums. While we don’t advocate taking out fillings just because they are metal, we do recommend replacing them when they show signs of leakage or cracking.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations or porcelain crowns in cases of larger failing fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite 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.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!