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. Inlays and onlays using Porcelain or Composite Resin (tooth-colored restoration material) are usually reserved to be used for a larger restoration area. For smaller area, Composite Resins 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.
Call Fullerton Office Phone Number 714-738-5511 to schedule an appointment with us.
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 be safely removed and replaced with Composite Resin (tooth-colored) Restorations.
Advantages of Composite Resin (Tooth-Colored) Restorations:
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite Resins 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 contain 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 Composite Resin (Tooth Colored) Restoration:
You can have your silver fillings replaced with composite resin restorations. This process generally requires only one appointment.
at Your Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new composite resin.
- Composite resin material is then placed, shaped and light cured
- Proper bite is checked and adjusted if necessary
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!