Fillings

OpenMouthMWMany people still have silver/mercury fillings. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by design, silver/mercury fillings mean a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and tooth-colored restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable), but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
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 creates an environment where cavities can get started again.  With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
Silver fillings can contain as much as 50 percent mercury.  Not good.  They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
BLuSThere 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 when much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile.

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth-Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires one or two appointments.  With Cerec®, your case will be completed in our office in one appointment.  If your case needs to be sent to a lab, it will require two appointments.
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CerecCompMCerec Case: Your Appointment Start to Finish

  • The old filling is removed with any additional decay.
  • A digital impression is made of your teeth.
  • Your new inlay/onlay porcelain restoration is designed and milled in our office.
  • It’s adjusted, polished and / or fired in an oven for 20 minutes.
  • A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  • Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  • The tooth is then polished.

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Lab Case: Your First Appointment

  • The old filling is removed with any additional decay.
  • An impression is made of your teeth.
  • A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab
A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth and it’s designed to look like your natural tooth.

Your Second Appointment

  • The temporary is removed.
  • A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  • Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  • The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they’re stronger — and the tooth is protected!

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