We are 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. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that 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.
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. 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 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 (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!
Northampton Implant and Family Dentistry
Patient Review from John D
Excellent service, as always
- John D
Great and friendly service
Patient Review from Michael C
DR. KIM AND HIS STAFF HAVE BEEN UNRIVALED FROM APPOINTMENT REMINDERS THROUGH FOLLOW UP SCHEDULING. THANK YOU
- Michael C
Patient Review from Julia S
All good, Dr. KIM is very nice and helpful
- Julia S
Patient Review from Michael M
Always happy with the service and leaving with a smile
- Michael M
Patient Review from Nathan B
Kept me comfortable and informed all through the procedure. Excellent experience!
- Nathan B
Patient Review from Liz C
Excellent experience, as always
- Liz C
Patient Review from Michael E
- Michael E
Patient Review from Susan C
- Susan C
Patient Review from Ben B
A laid back experience
- Ben B
Patient Review from Jean F
Quick and efficient. Doctor was very considerate of managing discomfort and went out of her way to help.
- Jean F
Patient Review from Joe V
Great experience and lovely staff. Would recommend to anyone!
- Joe V
Patient Review from Cat T
Nicest dentist in town very responsive to requests and fast
- Cat T
Patient Review from Jacob G
Comfortable and painless, let me know just enough info as we went along to put me at ease.
- Jacob G
Patient Review from George B
- George B
Patient Review from Kristen
Great filling experience!
Patient Review from Rick M
- Rick M
Patient Review from Sally E
Easy breezy cavity filling. Gentle and fast.
- Sally E
Patient Review from K C
- K C
Patient Review from Maya L
I love my dentist who has been doing my fillings. The assistant today, however, didn't feel very careful in the way she maneuvered the tools in my mouth....
- Maya L