Why Replace Silver Fillings With A Tooth Colored Restoration
Typically most dental practices have gone mercury-free. However many dental patients still have silver fillings in their mouths from the past. These fillings are not only an eyesore, but also they lead to a weak tooth structure leading to even more dental work in the future. Tooth colored restorations (onlays) as well as porcelain in lays create fillings that are unnoticeable and add strength to weak teeth. These restorations are strong thanks to new bonding technologies used in modern dental offices.
Cons to Silver/Mercury Fillings
The edges of these fillings can wear down and break. This will result in teeth not being properly protected and allowing cavities to get started again. As they age, the metal itself expands, contracts and splits. These silver fillings generally contain about 50% mercury, which can leak, corrode and even cause stains on the teeth.
Pros to Tooth-Colored Restorations
Resin onlays are bonded to teeth, which means there is a tight fit to one’s natural tooth. This is often used when much of a tooth’s structure has been lost. The tooth will remain intact and in turn, stronger because of this treatment. Tooth-colored restoration contain resin with fluoride, which helps to prevent decay in the tooth. This resin wears like a natural tooth and doesn’t require any special placement at the gum line. This leads to better gum health too.
Replace Silver Fillings with Tooth Colored Restorations
Any patient can have all of their silver fillings replaced with these tooth-colored restorations or onlays. This process generally requires two different appointments. In the first appointment, the old filling is removed with the decay. After that, an impression is made of the teeth where a model is made to be sent to a lab. A temporary onlay is then placed on the tooth. At the lab, a resin is placed into the model of the teeth that is designed to look natural. During a patient’s second appointment, the temporary onlay is removed. After that, a conditioning gel is applied to the tooth to prepare for the restoration. Next, bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth itself. The tooth is complete after a good polish.
With restorative dentistry, you will recreate both the shape and the function of the teeth. Dr. Martinez, an Orlando prosthodontist can help you remove these old silver fillings today! They closely match the natural tooth color and bond to the tooth chemically, which doesn’t require the use of grooves, pins or slots to retain teeth. They also completely harden in just seconds instead of days. Restore your teeth to a natural look and feel with tooth-colored restorations. They not only are stronger, but teeth are better protected leading to better dental health for one’s future.
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