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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 aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings:

Silver fillings have been a successful option for restoring teeth for a long time.
However, they have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break, allowing saliva to leak under them. 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 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:

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Porcelain 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 remaining tooth structure is protected, rendering a longer lasting restoration.

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 may take one or two appointments, depending on the case.

If your existing silver fillings are relatively small, involving less than 66% the width of the tooth and excluding its inter-dental surfaces, you can have them replace in just one visit. This will be accomplished by utilizing white composite resin materials.

If your silver fillings are larger, including many of the areas excluded on the paragraph above, you will need to replace them utilizing indirect techniques. This could take up to two or three 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 inlay, onlay or crown (depending on the case) is placed on the tooth.
  • - At the Lab: Lab technicians carefully fabricate your final restoration out of the model of your teeth. They shape the restoration so that it looks natural.

Your Second Appointment:


  • - The temporary restoration is removed.
  • - A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the bonding cement.
  • - 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!



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