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. However, we use tooth-colored fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
When do you require a filling?
Patients would require a filling in cases when the teeth have been:
- Severely damaged due to teeth decay.
- Broken or cracked.
- Suffers from extreme dental cavities.
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or hot food.
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 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.
What is Tooth-Colored Filling?
Tooth-colored fillings are fillings that used to bring back the natural form and function of the teeth. Being colored fillings, they are known to be safe. Colored fillings, being free of metal and Mercury components are safe to use and will bring back the essence and aesthetics of the teeth. The main goal of a filling is to restore and protect the teeth from further destruction of cavities.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are many advantages to tooth-colored fillings. Fillings are bonded to the teeth and therefore actually help to strengthen the tooth. Additionally, they blend in nicely with the color of your tooth to create a virtually undetectable, safe and strong restoration in your mouth.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Who should opt for a Tooth Colored Filling?
Generally, a filling is advised when the patient suffers from the following:
- When the teeth suffer from severe damage.
- When the teeth are decayed because of dental cavities.
- Sensitivity towards cold and hot food causing pain in the teeth.
- Pain while chewing or biting.
- Brownish stains on the teeth.