We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye. Silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong due to new 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. With age, 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 many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin on-lays 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.
Resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride that 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!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
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 on-lay is placed on the tooth.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary on-lay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new on-lay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth, 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!
Michael T. Frickman, D.D.S.
Patient Review by Tonya P
I had several fillings completed by Dr. Frickman. He and his staff are very pleasant and there chair side manner was great. They genuinely care for their patients.5 stars for the doctor and staff! Thank you for taking care of me.
- Tonya P