Advanced Dental Treatments to Improve Your Appearance and Self-Confidence
Advanced dental treatments and materials can make a real difference in improving your appearance and self-confidence. The skill, experience, and commitment of our practice in using a unique combination of science and artistry can literally redesign your smile. Even a subtle change in your smile can make a big difference. Dr. DeCapite can help you get the smile you want.
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Composite Tooth Colored Fillings
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 structure. Composite fillings (tooth colored fillings) 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.
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 lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split, resulting in “demargination” of the silver filling.
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.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Biocompatible composites 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, 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. The old Silver filling is removed, the tooth is cleansed with etching gel, treated with an adhesive and the composite is placed. An LED curing light is then used to set the material. The newly placed composite is ready for immediate use!