Our dental office does not use mercury in any of our fillings. However, there are many people out there who have silver or mercury fillings in their teeth from years gone by. These fillings can be rather ugly, and due to their design, they ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings in Kaufman are virtually unnoticeable and make the tooth stronger. This is thanks to the latest bonding technologies, which we are proud to use in our dental.
There are plenty of disadvantages when it comes to silver fillings. The edge of the filling can easily wear down or even break off, which often leads to more cavities developing in the tooth. The metal in a silver filling expands and contracts naturally, which can eventually cause a split.
Silver fillings also contain around 50% mercury, which, if it leaks, can cause staining on your teeth and gums. Luckily, though, it’s safe and easy to replace silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations.
Tooth-colored restorations have many advantages over silver fillings. Using resin onlays which are bonded to the teeth, these restorations boast a tight, secure fit onto the natural tooth. Even if a great deal of the tooth has been lost, these restorations can be used to save what remains. What’s more, the resin contains fluoride to prevent any further tooth decay. It also doesn’t need to be placed at the gum line, which is much better for your gums. All that adds up to something to smile about!
If you currently have silver fillings and you’ve had them for a long period of time, it’s likely time that you had them replaced. Not only can old silver fillings not look very appealing, but they can actually damage your tooth by splitting it apart further if you go long enough without replacing them. Our dental office is more than happy to help you replace your current silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations!
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