We are a mercury-free practice. But, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from before. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye and silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Tooth colored resin fillings used in our practice are not only beautiful but also can add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
There are many downsides to silver fillings. The edges of silver fillings can wear down, become weak and sometimes break. This leads to the tooth being unprotected and allows cavities to begin to form. Over time, 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 so many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings are bonded to the teeth this creates a tight, and better fit to the natural tooth. Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this helps prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
Replacing old silver fillings with a tooth colored restoration could be as simple as one appointment and multiples teeth could be completed at one time.