At The Behrens Dental Practice we recommend that any mercury fillings are replaced when they break or leak or where you simply want to have beautiful white teeth.
Not only is it good to have an “amalgam-free” mouth, but also you will find that it will make a huge difference for you and your smile.
For smaller cavities, we use direct composite fillings, whereas for larger defects we use porcelain inlays or onlays. All treatments are done under a microscope to achieve maximum precision and goals.
Benefits of porcelain inlays/onlays:
- More Conservative Treatment: As compared to a dental crown, inlays and onlays require less tooth reduction. Your dentist need only remove the compromised tissue before placing the restoration. Dental crowns, on the other hand, require your dentist to remove a more significant portion of your tooth to accommodate the restoration.
- Natural-Looking Results: Inlays and onlays can replace old, worn amalgam restorations. Porcelain can be shade-matched to blend seamlessly with neighboring teeth and beautifully mimics the sheen of natural enamel. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so you can feel confident that your restoration will remain bright and vibrant over time.
- Easy Care: Daily at-home care for inlays and onlays is no different than that of healthy, natural teeth. You should brush and floss daily and visit the dentist for biannual checkups to ensure your restoration is strong and secure. Should your inlay or onlay become loose, painful, crack, or fall out completely, contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule a visit.