We offer a variety of esthetic filling choices, including tooth colored resin composites. Additionally,porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are very natural looking and unnoticeable. Today’s resin composites can be colored to match your teeth and add strength to fractured or weakened teeth. A common term used is “bonding “These restorations are esthetically pleasing and can easily restore lost tooth structure because of minor chipping.very strong thanks to The new bonding technologies makes theses filling strong while looking natural.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have some drawbacks. Silver fillings tend to wear down with age. The teeth around the silver fillings become weak and eventually break. With out proper home care silver fillings can re-decay. Over many years the silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
Silver fillings contain 40 to 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 Resin composite Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Resin composite fillings can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been broken off and lost. The fillings can be matched to the color of your teeth very closely. In fact, many dental patients choose to whiten their teeth before getting filling in the smile line.
The resin composite fillings used at our Littleton Dental office contain fluoride. This helps prevent future decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result for our dental patients is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays)or fillings. This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling and decay is removed.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and 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!