Tooth Fillings in Lebanon TN
Tooth Fillings & Dental Restorations
Our restoration of choice is a tooth-colored restoration. However, many people still have amalgam (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, amalgam 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 aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks including that the edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak, or even break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started yet once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. During your exam, if we detect a breakdown in any of your restorations, we will make recommendations on replacement options for you.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite (tooth-colored) restorations are bonded to the teeth which creates 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.
The result is a beautiful smile!