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. Tooth colored restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful and unnoticeable but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin (tooth colored) fillings, onlays and inlays 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 is matched to the shade of your tooth the result is natural and highly aesthetic! The result is a beautiful smile!
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 develop. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split the filling or worse, the tooth.
Silver fillings contain mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Depending on the size of the filling being placed or replaced, Dr. Moore may recommend an Onlay. An onlay is a filling that is made by the lab and then cemented into place (a similar process to a crown). The benefits of this procedure are the ability to get ideal contours and contacts with other teeth while having excellent aesthetics and increased strength. Onlays require two appointments with one to prepare the tooth for the onlay and take an impression while a second appointment we deliver the filling. They are very natural in appearance and long lasting. In some instances this can allow us to avoid crowning a tooth!