What Exactly Is A Dental Filling?

When decay attacks your tooth it eats away at healthy tooth structure. Unfortunately tooth decay can’t be reversed but you can stop it from getting any worse and restore the missing part of your tooth with a filling. What a filling is designed to do is replace and restore your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or injury. You may also elect to replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.

At Center for Contemporary Dentistry with the help of modern advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Dr. Johnson can help you eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with modern, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.  

Comparing White Fillings Versus Silver Amalgam Fillings

White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace; white fillings can actually save time and money in the long run.
White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel.
Composites are naturally more comfortable.
Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
When restoring a tooth with a composite filling we can be more conservative in how much of your tooth structure is removed because composite fillings require far less space to place than amalgams fillings.
White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.

We are a mercury-free practice

The Center For Contemporary Dentistry is a mercury-free practice. However, 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. Tooth Colored Restorations and Porcelain inlays or onlays create fillings that are not only beautiful and unnoticeable but also add strength to weakened teeth. Our restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong, thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Silver fillings:

Mercury or Silver fillings as they are often called have many drawbacks. A 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 causing harmful damage to your tooth. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Dr. Johnson can safely and gently remove silver fillings and replace them with beautiful natural tooth-colored restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Dr. Johnson is excited to offer his patients tooth color restorations and here’s why.

Resin onlays 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 your natural teeth.

The result of a tooth-colored restoration is simply beautiful smile!