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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 foundation. Porcelain inlays and tooth-colored restorations 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.
Silver fillings have many setbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become leaky, or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and causes cavities to form. With aging, time and temperature changes, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can separate.
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. One is that they are invisible to the human eye and create a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth that can last for years, up to a lifetime. Such restorations can be used even when much of the tooth structure is lost or broken. Ask Dr. Doctor if this treatment alternative is appropriate for you!
Since the resin/glass used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, this can help prevent decay. The resin bends and forms, behaving much like the original tooth enamel, and does not require placement at the cervical margin (gum line), which is healthier and more efficient. The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing old amalgam fillings is the best way to prevent recurrent decay and brighten up your smile. Once Dr. Doctor removes the old filling, he will prepare the tooth, place the tooth-colored material, and dry the aromatic bonding material with special, high-intensity plasma arc or LED lighting that cures in five seconds, as opposed to the traditional halogen lights that take over sixty seconds. Dr. Doctor will ask you how the new tooth surface feels and then show you how you now only have natural colored fillings that are undetectable to plain sight. Do not worry about your diet. You can eat right away. The materials are ready for use as soon as you get them.
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