Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths 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. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (
Tooth-colored Direct Composites
Advantages of direct composites:
- Aesthetics – the shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth
- Bonding to tooth structure – composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth
- Versatility in uses – in
additionto useas a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or
- Tooth-sparing preparation – sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling
Disadvantages of direct composites:
- Lack of durability – composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgams (lasting at least 5 years compared with at least 10 to 15 for
amalgams); in addition, they may not last as long as amalgams under the pressure of chewing and particularly if used as the filling material for
- Increased chair time – because of the process to apply the composite material, these fillings can take up to 20 minutes longer than amalgams to place
- Additional visits – if composites are used for inlays or
onlays, more than one office visit may be required
- Chipping – depending on location, composite materials can chip off the tooth
- Expense – composite fillings can cost up to twice the cost of amalgams
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Onlay/Inlay Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin
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 (
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary
onlayis 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:
- The temporary
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a
high intensitylight bonds the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!