Tooth Fillings Boston, Brookline MA
Many people have silver/mercury fillings in their mouth. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and they ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and onlays are designed to look like the natural tooth, therefore creating fillings that are unnoticeable and strengthening weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to modern day bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings:
Silver fillings can wear down, become weak or break over time. This results in the tooth not being protected and cavities can develop. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Silver fillings also contain 50% 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:
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. 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 an Inlay or Onlay:
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays or inlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling and decay is removed.
- An impression is made of your teeth and the model is sent to the lab.
- 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:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light 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!
Beacon Place Dental Group
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- Michelle S