Tooth Fillings

Silver fillings:

Silver fillings have many advantages and some drawbacks. Silver fillings have been used for many years with great success. The American Dental Association and the FDA continue to recommend silver fillings as an important method of restoring teeth. However, 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 safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. There are two types of Tooth-colored fillings. Composite restorationsare tooth colored fillings placed in minimally decayed teeth. 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.

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 Tooth Colored Restoration

You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (composite fillings or onlays). Composite fillings require one appointmant. An Onlayrequires two appointments.
Your Appointment for a Composite filling:
  1. The tooth is prepared much the same as for a silver filling. If an older silver filling existthe filling isremoved at this time.
  2. The filling is placed at the same visit.

Your First Appointment for an Onlay:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment for an Onlay:

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!