Why Should You Replace Your Silver Mercury Fillings?
Mercury fillings were used for many years in dentistry. You’ve likely had one in your lifetime. In recent years, there has been a shift away from mercury for several reasons. Dr. Holmes recommends replacing mercury fillings with porcelain tooth colored fillings because the result is a stronger tooth and higher aesthetic value.
The Disadvantages Of Silver Fillings
The edges of silver fillings tend to wear down over time. Eventually, they become weak and break, which leaves the tooth more vulnerable to developing cavities. Also, silver fillings tend to expand and contract, which can cause the tooth to split. Again this results in bacteria and possibly cavities. Silver fillings also contain approximately 50 percent mercury. Mercury can corrode leak and potentially cause stains on your teeth and gums.
The Advantages Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Resin onlays are bonded to the tooth, creating an extremely tight fit superior to that of silver fillings. We always want to save as much of the tooth as possible. Restorations using resin can be used in situation when most of the original tooth has been lost. This allows the tooth to stay intact.
The resin used in tooth-colored restorations also contains fluoride, which helps the tooth helps to fight off decay. The resin wears like a natural tooth and does not require placement at the gumline. This results in a wonderful natural looking smile.
If you’re interested in replacing your silver, mercury fillings with tooth-colored resin fillings, please reach out to schedule a consultation. Please give us a call at Charleston Office – (304) 343-3672 Hurricane Office – (304) 201-3672 Huntington Office – (304) 781-8600 or email us.