The Hubert Family Dentistry practice is mercury free. But many patients still have older silver/mercury fillings. Besides being less attractive, silver/mercury fillings make your teeth more prone to fracture over time.

Tooth-Colored Restorations are not only more attractive – because they are far less noticeable – but they also make teeth stronger. Modern bonding technologies are allow for a strong and aesthetically pleasing tooth repair.

The Cons of Silver Fillings:

The Cons of Silver Fillings:

Besides being more noticeable and less attractive, silver fillings can erode, becoming weak to the point of breaking. The loss of filling protection presents an opportunity for cavities to form anew. The metal in this type of filling becomes fatigued and pieces can split off.

More than half of a silver filling is mercury. With time and exposure, these types of filling corrode. They can even leak and stain gums and teeth.

Modern Tooth-Colored Restorations are a safe replacement for silver fillings.

The Pros of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-Colored Restorations have numerous advantages. By bonding Resin onlays to the teeth, a tight and better fit is made with the tooth. This is especially useful when portions of the tooth’s structure is missing. These restorations make for a stronger tooth that stays intact.

Tooth-Colored Restorations:

  • Use a resin which wears like your natural tooth wears.
  • Contain fluoride – which helps aids in the prevention of tooth decay.
  • Are not required to be placed at the gum line, which promotes healthier gums.

. . . and you are left with a beautiful smile!

Using Tooth Colored Restorations to Replace Silver Fillings:

Using Tooth Colored Restorations to Replace Silver Fillings:

Tooth Colored Restorations are a stronger and more attractive alternative to silver fillings. To make the change, you’ll need two appointments.

Appointment One

  • The original silver filling is removed along with any accumulated decay.
  • After a mold of your teeth is made, it is sent to the lab.
  • While your permanent onlay is being made, a temporary onlay is placed on your tooth to protect it.

The lab will use the mold to create a resin onlay that will look and feel natural.

Appointment Two
  • Your temporary onlay is gently removed.
  • Your tooth is prepared for the permanent onlay with a conditioning gel.
  • A high-intensity ultraviolet light is used with special bonding cement to adhere the permanent onlay to your tooth.
  • Your new onlay and tooth are then polished.

Your tooth is now:
  • Stronger
  • Securely protected
  • Natural looking and
  • Natural feeling

If you need a new filling or would like to replace an existing filling with a tooth colored restoration, call Hubert Family Dentistry at 812-476-9281 to schedule an appointment to see Dr. David Hubert or Dr. Adam Hubert. Or click HERE to schedule an appointment online.