2725 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 700
Buford, GA 30519

(770) 932-8577

Restorative Dentistry

We are a mercury-free practice. However, we understand there is a large amount of patients with silver restorations or fillings in their mouths. These restorations are not the nicest looking and due to lack of bonding properties, result in a weaker tooth structure.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings:

This restorations have been in service for a long time. In many cases without major complications. However, due to its physical properties, they tend to expand and contract, creating enamel fractures. Once these fractures happen, saliva, bacteria and sugars leak along the edges. This results in marginal decay. If spotted on time, the silver filling can be replaced by a resin (white) one. If too late, other more extensive options will be needed, such as crowns or onlays. Silver fillings can corrode, causing  stains on your teeth and even on your gums.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:


Conservative Composite Resins

  • Better looking results
  • More conservative approach (less tooth needs to be removed)
  • They are bonded to the tooth, preventing leakage.
  • No tarnishing or staining of the tooth or gums.

Replacing Silver Fillings with Tooth-Colored Restorations

If you wish to replace your old silver fillings, there a few factors that you need to consider.

  • If your existing silver fillings are relatively small, involving less than 66% the width of the tooth and excluding its inter-dental surfaces, you can have them replace in just one visit. This will be accomplished by utilizing white composite resin materials.
  • If your silver fillings are larger, including many surfaces,  you will need to replace them utilizing indirect techniques (onlays, inlays or crowns)

Weather you want to improve the way your mouth looks or you have some cavities, a full dental examination would be needed prior to any treatment. The cavity (or previous silver filling) size should be evaluated prior to the procedure day in order to estimate what treatment will be best for the tooth.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

By Bolivar Luperon