Why Dr. Dolenz Recommends Tooth-Colored Fillings
Why Should You Replace Your Silver-Mercury Fillings?
Mercury fillings were used for many years in dentistry. You’ve likely had one in your lifetime. In recent years, there has been a shift away from this material for several reasons. Dr. Dolenz recommends replacing mercury fillings with porcelain tooth colored fillings because they result in a stronger tooth and higher aesthetic value.
The Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
The edges of silver fillings tend to wear down over time. Eventually, they become weak and break, which results in the tooth not being protected, putting it at greater risk of developing cavities. Also, silver fillings tend to expand and contract, which can cause the tooth to split. Again, this results in bacteria and possibly cavities. Silver fillings also contain approximately 50% mercury. Mercury can corrode, leak, and potentially cause stains on your teeth and gums.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Resin onlays are bonded to the tooth, creating an extremely tight fit, which is superior to silver fillings. We always want to save as much of the tooth as possible. Restorations using resin can be used in situation when most of the original tooth has been lost. This allows the tooth to stay intact.
Also, the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, which helps the tooth fight off decay. The resin also wears like a natural tooth and does not require placement at the gum line. This results in a wonderful natural looking smile.
If you’re interested in replacing your silver-mercury fillings with tooth-colored resin fillings, please reach out to schedule a consultation. Please give us a call at (913)367-7270 or email us.