Tooth Fillings in Carmel, CA
Carmel River Dentistry is a mercury-free practice. Although traditional fillings used silver/mercury fillings, newer and stronger porcelain or tooth-colored solutions are the established universal standard in dental advancements. Not only are silver/mercury fillings less pleasing to the eye, but they also tend to contribute to a weaker tooth structure in time. Porcelain inlay and tooth-colored onlay restorations offer a more natural-looking solution that adds strength to weakened areas of the tooth.
The Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
Over time, silver fillings have been proven to have edges that wear down or crack and are more susceptible to breakage. Once this occurs, more fragile parts of your tooth have become exposed, allowing for cavities to creep in. Additionally, aging metal in silver fillings expands and contracts, at times even splitting. These fillings typically contain 50% mercury, which can corrode, leak and possibly cause unnecessary additional harm to your teeth and gums. Our Carmel River team is passionate about replacing silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations to best care for your smile.
There are many advantages to using tooth-colored restorations. These resin onlays are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit that appears natural on the tooth. Resin restorations can be used in instances where a greater amount of the tooth structure has been damaged, leaving the tooth intact and stronger than ever. Not only does this resin surpass silver in its strength, it also contains fluoride, which works proactively in preventing decay. Additionally, the resin is a healthier solution for your gums by not requiring placement near the gum line.
Not only are we confident that tooth-colored onlay and porcelain inlay restorations are healthier for your smile, but we also believe you will prefer how they look and feel, too!