Tooth Fillings

Everyone wants a full set of healthy, white teeth. We can help with that.

Here’s something to consider: not only are silver/mercury fillings distracting to the eye but their un-bonded design results in a weaker tooth structure, making it easier for a tooth to crack which can cause permanent damage.

In today’s dentistry, a better option is to use either tooth-coloured composite restorations or porcelain inlays and onlays. These create fully-bonded fillings that blend in with your tooth and also add strength to weakened teeth. This modern technology offers the strongest and most aesthetically pleasing restorations available. If you have old dental work that needs restoration, talk to our team about your options

Tooth Coloured Restorations

Advantages of Tooth Coloured Restorations

Besides being aesthetically appealing, tooth-coloured restorations offer many health advantages. Here’s how it works: Resin onlays are bonded directly to the natural tooth and above the gum line to provide a tight, superior fit. They wear just like your natural teeth and the resin contains fluoride, which keeps your gums healthy and helps to prevent tooth decay.

They can even be used where a large portion of tooth structure has been lost, leaving the remaining natural tooth material intact and stronger.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

There are several concerns with silver/amalgam fillings. Since this is old technology, the material is not bonded to the natural tooth but rather held in place mechanically. As a result the undercuts in the tooth structure that hold the metal fillings in place do nothing to reinforce the strength of the remaining tooth and will be more prone to fracture than those restored with a composite filling. The risk of a tooth cracking also increases as the metal in the silver filling expands and contracts over time.

From an aesthetic point of view, amalgam restorations stain your teeth and gums if the fillings leak or corrode.

Luckily, it’s a simple and easy procedure to replace silver/mercury fillings with Tooth-Coloured Restorations.

Replace Silver Fillings with an Inlay or Onlay

You’ve just made a wise decision. Replacing your silver fillings with an inlay or onlay will give you long-term benefits in just a few hours of your time.

Step 1: Your First Appointment:

  • We remove the old filling along with any additional decay.
  • An impression of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  • A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth.

At the lab, porcelain or resin is delicately placed into the mold from your teeth, and when it drys, it will look like your natural tooth.

Step two: Your Second Appointment:

  • We remove the temporary restoration.
  • Apply conditioning gel to your tooth for the new restoration.
  • Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high-intensity light is used to bond everything together.
  • We polish the tooth.

Alternatively, you can replace silver fillings with direct-bonded restorations. This option can be done in just one visit with a procedure similar to that of a traditional filling.

By updating to a tooth-coloured restoration you’re investing in longer-lasting teeth that are stronger and have a natural look and feel. Best of all, this dental work helps to protect your tooth.