Fillings are a common dental procedure that is performed in order to fill the void from removal of tooth decay and in some instances, fill broken teeth. Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouth 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. Composite resins, commonly known as white fillings, are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable most of the time) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to ever evolving 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 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. They are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth and often times require less tooth preparation. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations. Our doctors are willing to discuss this option with you at your next visit if you would like to inquire about the procedure.
The result is a beautiful smile!