Flagstaff Downtown Dental – Family & Cosmetic DentistryWe are a dental practice that strives for the best combination of durability with aesthetics. Silver 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 (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new dental bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. 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 your tooth.
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 many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Tooth colored composite fillings are bonded to the tooth. This creates a tight seal helping to keep any bacteria from leaking under the filling. This bond also helps to hold the tooth together. There is less thermal conductivity through a plastic filling than a metal one. The filling is highly polished and feels good. Lastly, when we are done, your tooth has the appearance of a tooth that never had a cavity.
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. This process usually only requires one appointment.
- A rubber dam is placed to isolate the area to be worked on. This keeps you from ingesting the old metal and allows a dry field for placing moisture sensitive tooth colored fillings.
- The old filling is removed along with any decay that was leaking underneath the old filling.
- A new filling placed by adding bit by bit of the tooth colored material (composite) until the tooth is filled.
- The new filling is highly polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected! Take advantage of our expertise and make a dental appointment at our down town Flagstaff office and call Flagstaff Downtown Dental Phone Number 928-774-1168 today!