DENTAL FILLINGS IN PITTSBURGH
We see many patients in our downtown Pittsburgh dental offices who still have metal fillings that were installed years ago. These silver fillings are 50% mercury, which can corrode, leak out of the tooth, and cause unsightly stains on adjacent teeth.
In addition, silver / mercury fillings expand and contract as they age, causing cracks and splits top appear. Bacteria gains access to the tooth underneath, and the cycle of decay starts again.
Instead of relying on outdated technology, Dr. Pounds uses more modern tooth filling materials including tooth colored porcelain or composite resin to create inlays and onlays. This advanced method can restore the look and function of your teeth without the use of mercury, resulting in a natural looking, healthy smile.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Tooth colored porcelain or resin composite fillings have multiple benefits for the patient.
- The fillings are bonded directly to the natural tooth, creating a tight, superior fit.
- Onlay fillings can be used even when the original tooth is badly damaged.
- Composite fillings make the tooth stronger instead of weakening it.
- The resin contains fluoride, which helps prevent further decay.
- Resin onlays don’t have to be placed at the gum-line, leaving your gums healthier.
- The resin composite or porcelain restoration looks and feels like your original tooth.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Dr. Pounds uses modern tooth filling materials including tooth colored porcelain or composite resin. This advanced method can restore the look and function of your teeth resulting in a natural looking, healthy smile.Request an Appointment
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations. This process requires two appointments with a short time between them for the lab to create the inlay or onlay.
The first appointment consists of three steps:
- The old filling is carefully removed, and any new decay is cleared away, leaving the tooth ready for restoration.
- An impression is made of your teeth in order to create a model for the lab.
- A temporary filling is placed on the tooth, to protect it while the permanent one is being created.
At the lab, a composite resin is placed into the model of your teeth, then carefully manufactured so the restoration looks completely natural and will fit tightly against the remains of your original tooth.
The second appointment consists of four steps:
- The temporary inlay or onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on the affected tooth to prepare it for the restoration.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth, the customized restoration is applied, and high intensity light is used bond the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth restoration is polished so it matches your other teeth.
With natural looking, metal free restorations, your smile will look and feel normal and no-one will even know you have fillings. Call our office today and request an appointment with Dr. Pounds. You deserve the exceptional dentistry that lasts!