We are a mercury-free practice at Belmont Dental Associates. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye. Additionally, we know that by their nature, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and onlays create fillings that are not only beautiful and unnoticeable, but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are used by Dr. Lembo as they are esthetically pleasing and very strong, thanks to new bonding technologies. Please contact us at Haledon 973-790-4494 Caldwell 862-702-3797 to learn more.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. The result is that the tooth not protected, and decay can set in 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. 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 contains 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 fillings in Haledon and Caldwell, New Jersey.
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth and a model is made from that impression.
- A resin is carefully placed onto the model of your teeth, and crafted for a natural appearance.
- 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 resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
- Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel; they are stronger, and the tooth is protected!