Replacing Silver Fillings
Silver fillings are safe and durable. Unfortunately, they turn dark (and sometimes black) after years in the mouth due to the oxidation of the metal. Tooth-colored restorations can restore the natural beauty of your teeth by removing the old silver fillings and replacing them with the following options:
These tooth colored restorations are fitted in a single visit. They represent the least expensive option, are usually covered by dental insurance plans and they last 10 years or more, on average.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain is much harder than resin and can last for decades. These are the longest lasting type of “white fillings” available. The porcelain inlay or onlay is made in a dental laboratory and requires 2 appointments to complete. Because they are made outside the mouth, we are able to take our time and work in conditions that allow us to make gorgeous, life-like restorations.
Sometimes, a tooth looks very dark because the silver filling is so close to the surface it discolors the whole tooth. In this situation, there is also a major concern of breakage of the tooth. Since fillings do not strengthen teeth, a crown is the only way to address both the strength and beauty of the tooth. In this type of situation, a porcelain crown is the best value.
Restoring Chipped & Worn Teeth
Wear and tear over the lifetime of our teeth will create damage requiring restoration of otherwise healthy teeth, especially in regards to our front teeth.
Teeth that are chipped or worn should be restored with tooth-colored materials. Currently, there are 2 classes of materials used for restoring damaged teeth:
- Completed in one appointment
- Less costly
- Weaker material
- Stains over time
- Completed in two appointments
- More costly
- Very strong material
- Stain resistant
Both of these materials are used for fillings, veneers and crowns. Depending on the circumstances, one material may be more suitable than the other. Dr. Thompson always takes his time to explain the patient’s options and to discuss the costs and benefit of each treatment.
In order to help prevent worn or chipped teeth, Dr. Thompson highly recommends the use of a mouth guard while sleeping if there are signs the patient grinds his/her teeth.