Tooth Colored Fillings Questions

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Why use porcelain white fillings and not the traditional metal fillings?

Research has found that the silver composite fillings that have been used for years contain about 50% mercury, which is a very toxic substance and has been linked to many different types of cancers. Some experts claim that this mercury can emit toxins that can cause harm to the body. So far, no case has been directly linked to these amalgam fillings, but the risk is still there. Most cosmetic dentists suggest removing the metal fillings when necessary, and replacing them with the porcelain fillings.

Are porcelain white fillings as strong and reliable as metal fillings?

Actually, porcelain fillings are stronger and last longer than the silver amalgam fillings, and will not cause micro cracks to natural teeth.

What is the difference between tooth colored composite fillings and porcelain fillings?

Composite fillings are made of a hard resin that can last two to five years and can be set in one appointment. Porcelain fillings use a custom laboratory created porcelain that can last up to fifteen years, however porcelain fillings require two appointments and are generally more expensive than composite, tooth colored fillings. Dr. Kwan and Dr. Hsu prefer to use porcelain fillings because of the greater quality and longevity of the filling.

What are some other benefits of porcelain fillings?

With today's technology, porcelain fillings can be matched to the color of the tooth in which it is placed. Therefore, replacing the unsightly dark, metal fillings with porcelain filling that is more natural looking, makes the end product virtually indistinguishable from normal teeth.

Are inlays and onlays the same as porcelain fillings?

Sometimes, in restorative dentistry, the actual restoration is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown. These inlay/onlay procedures are specifically performed to repair teeth in the back of the mouth. Tooth colored materials are made to fit your tooth exactly, and are then firmly bonded to your own tooth. Their purpose is to restore the strength of the tooth. Using a filling when an inlay/onlay is required can result in substantial problems in the future-such as a fractured tooth, root canal or tooth loss.

I have heard the term “metal free dentistry” what does that mean?

For a variety of reasons, our doctors have chosen not to use silver amalgam fillings. Therefore, we perform “metal free dentistry” and choose to only use porcelain or composite fillings.

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