At Converse Smiles, we are a mercury-free practice. That being said, many patients still have silver/mercury fillings in their teeth from past procedures. As we all know, these fillings inevitably stand out but also result in a more fragile tooth structure. For stronger teeth and unnoticeable results, we recommend porcelain inlays and tooth-colored restorations (onlays). While they are aesthetically pleasing, these restorations are also very strong due to the latest in bonding technologies.

The Detriment of Silver Fillings

Silver fillings have plenty of disadvantages: Their edges can wear down, weaken, and even break. The result is a tooth that is left unprotected and vulnerable to new cavities. As the years pass, the silver fillings may expand and contract, ultimately splitting.

Silver fillings are 50% mercury. For this reason, they can corrode, lead, or even stain your teeth and gums. Luckily, tooth-colored restorations can safely replace all your silver fillings.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Among the advantages of tooth-colored restorations is the fact that resin onlays are bonded to the teeth. This creates a natural fit that is both tight and superior. These kinds of restorations can be used in cases where a considerable loss of tooth structure has occurred. As a result, the tooth remains untouched and stronger.

The resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, a component that will prevent your teeth from decaying. Resin undergoes natural wear like any real tooth would. It doesn’t have to be placed at the gum line, which is better for your gums’ wellbeing. What you’re left with is a beautiful smile!

In addition, your silver fillings can be removed and replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). With just two appointments, we can complete this procedure.

First Appointment

  1. The silver filling and any additional decay are removed.
  2. We take an impression of your teeth, make a model, and send it to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: With the model of your teeth, the lab carefully places the resin, giving it a design that will allow it to look natural.

Second Appointment

  1. We remove the temporary onlay.
  2. To prepare your tooth for the new onlay, a conditioning gel is placed on it.
  3. After placing some bonding cement on the tooth, a high-intensity light bonds the tooth and the resin. Finally, the tooth is polished.

This is how we restore your teeth to a natural look and feel. In the end, your tooth will be stronger and remain that way thanks to the added protection our procedure provides.