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Lifelike & Healthy Tooth-Colored Fillings

row of teethHave you had amalgam fillings done in the past? Those old metal fillings were unsightly, and as the years go by, they may darken or discolor the entire tooth. Furthermore, they were never bonded to the tooth, but packed tightly into the cavity. That means that when they aged, the fillings got loose and fell out.

Silver-Mercury fillings

That amalgam of the old metal fillings contained mercury, and many people consider that to be a health hazard. Slowly and minutely, the mercury gives off mercury vapor into the body, and this prompts people to have fillings replaced with dental composite or porcelain tooth colored fillings.

There's no definitive proof that the mercury is a health hazard. It's a controversial topic, but if your metal fillings are old, that in itself is a good reason to have them replaced because at some point they'll loosen allowing bacteria to spread underneath leading to gum disease.

In addition, they don't look beautiful, so why not enhance the appearance of teeth by having them replaced with stronger, stain-resistant porcelain inlays and onlays?

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

When too much tooth structure has been lost due to decay or damage and a filling isn’t enough to correct the damage, Dr. Mogell restores the tooth with an onlay or inlay. This state of the art restoration is durable, reliable, and preserves more tooth structure. These porcelain restorations reflect light and look natural.

What is an Inlay?

It's a type of tooth filling that's used for a smaller area of decay or damage, contained within the cusps of the tooth.

What is an Onlay?

It's a larger filling used when the area of decay or damage spills over to the outside surfaces of teeth.

Both inlays and onlays are bonded to the remaining tooth structure, so they are in effect part of the tooth. Visually, they can't be distinguished from the surrounding natural tooth. They provide a strong and durable chewing surface that never becomes loose or falls out.

Fillings with Dental Porcelain

This is a brittle material by itself, but when it's been bonded to teeth it becomes durable and long-lasting. Porcelain makes an excellent tooth-repairing substance because it's translucent like tooth enamel.

When light strikes tooth enamel, it penetrates the enamel and reflects back off the dentin, the tooth layer beneath the enamel. This gives teeth that pearly white and shiny look. Dental porcelain has the same translucent feature, so light penetrates it and reflects back off the cement that was used to bond the porcelain to our teeth.

That's why porcelain veneers and porcelain inlays and onlays look so much like natural teeth. Dr. Mogell also chooses a shade of porcelain that matches your teeth. The result is that nobody can distinguish the enamel from the porcelain.

Your long-term dental health will be much improved if you upgrade your fillings, and if you need a new filling, more of your natural tooth is preserved when you have inlays or onlays because they're bonded to the tooth. No space has to be carved out to contain them, as was done with metal fillings.