Monticello Family Dentistry is a mercury-free practice. Many people have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past which are unaesthetic and have weakened the tooth. Porcelain crowns and Tooth Colored Restorations create restorations that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also reinforce a weakened tooth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and are very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings deform over time. Their edges can wear down, become weak or fracture. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities form. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split the tooth.
Silver fillings contain up to 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums which can be permanent. Depending on the amount of oxidation of your silver fillings, a ceramic crown may be appropriate to restore aesthetics.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations or Ceramic Crowns.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. They are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations are more conservative than silver fillings resulting in a stronger tooth.
Since the resin used in some tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent future decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and will not abrade your natural teeth.
The result is a beautiful smile!