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 silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create 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.
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.
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin 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.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line.
The result is a beautiful smile!
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, and they are stronger and better protected!
Dr Marsha Elaine Mouton is a graduate of the University of Texas Health and Science at the Houston Facility. She has been servicing the community since 1986. After graduation she continued on with her education at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Boston with extensive studies in endodontic treatment and surgery. Her approach to the treatment of her patients includes the holistic alternatives as she feels the consideration of her patients has to be a combination of the whole person, mind, body and spirit in her quest to offer them the optimum dental health and well being.