Worried about cavities? Don’t be. Dr. Lee does gentle, quick, and painless fillings for your cavities. Sit back and relax, she won’t judge you. Some patients might remember getting silver fillings growing up. Dr. Lee uses something better, more attractive. While silver fillings do last forever, Dr. Lee prefers to use composite resin-ceramic material instead.
These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Don’t worry. People won’t know you have any cavities; these fillings fill in white and are color matched to your teeth. Before these composites wore out faster compared to the normally used Silver fillings, but now last longer.
Another issue with sensitive fillings might be leaky fillings. If you have old silver fillings, the edges tend to tarnish and this could subject the tooth to more decay.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
With the right technique, patients won’t know the fillings are there. Before beginning the treatment, Dr. Lee must etch and prime the tooth. This prepares the damaged surface to be filled. Afterwards, the filling is bonded to the tooth. Finally, we will slowly cure the tooth with our curing light.
Dr. Lee carefully completes every step of the filling process, because if any of the filling process in done poorly: it will lead to tooth sensitivity.
The result is a beautiful smile! Smile. It’s contagious. =)
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!