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Fillings/Restorations

We strive to place the best materials in the mouth possible.  However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past which have done well for them. 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), another option besides amalgam or resin 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.

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.
They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Advantages of tooth colored restorations:
There are many advantages to a tooth-colored restorations. Ceramic/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 tooth remains intact and stronger.

The ceramic used is tooth-colored. The ceramic 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 Ceramic/Porcelain tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires one or two  appointments depending on the type of procedure used- either CEREC or Lab processed.

Your First Appointment for a Lab Processed restoration:

  • 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 onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: A ceramic/porcelain is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment for delivery:

  • 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!