Types of Dental Fillings
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 fillings not only are more beautiful (or unnoticeable), they 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 can also act as a hard wedge and fracture the teeth as time goes by.
Silver fillings contain mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
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Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth with sealed margins. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost, or where there is a need for a very very small fillings.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay.
The result is a beautiful smile!