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, 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 esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
For more information on Dental Fillings, or to schedule a Consult with Dr. Nancy Ferrara, Dr. Soteres, Dr. Shehata or Dr. Eric Ferrara, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Atlanta Office Phone Number 404-351-5200.
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. Silver fillings also can cause your teeth to fracture around the existing restoration. Once a tooth fractures it makes the repair much more invovled and costly.
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 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.
Because 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 (onlays). This process requires only one visit now. Whether you need a composite (tooth-colored filling) or a porcelain restoration / CEREC you can normally get this done in 1 Visit!
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay. If just a tooth-colored filling is required the composite is placed and “cured” using a special light. Once the filling has been polished, your ready to go about your day. This visit usually only takes one hour or less.
- If it necessary to restore your tooth with a porcelain restoration, a digital impression is made of your teeth. The doctor “prepares” your tooth for either the inlay/onlay or Cerec crown. A second digital impression is taken of the prepped area and sent to our Cad-Cam unit to be “milled”. The doctor tries in the new restoration for fit and finish. Then is gets glazed and fired to a glossy sheen. The new restoration gets bonded / cemented into place and the patient is ready to go!
Sometimes it is necessary to send a case out to the laboratory. The doctor takes an impression for your provisional or temporary crown. They prepare the tooth as listed above, then impresses the prepared area for the final restoration to be fabricated from. You will then return for a second visit to have the crown seated or delivered.
Patient Reviews: Tooth Fillings
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental fillings experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Atlanta Office Phone Number 404-351-5200.
Moores Mill Dental
Patient Testimonial by Heather H
Great facility. Everyone iis very professional and knowledgeable. I have never waited more than 5 minutes for my appointment.
- Heather H