We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have amalgam (silver) fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.
Replacing weak amalgam fillings with composite (metal free) fillings ensures to add strength to weakened teeth and are mostly unnoticeable. Composite 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 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.
The result is a beautiful smile!
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