These days, more than ever before, people do not want dark (Silver) mercury fillings in their mouth. Whether they are concerned about health issues or simply have cosmetic concerns, the technology for placing beautiful, white, esthetic restorations allows patients the option to choose something else. Dr. Esler stopped placing mercury restorations in the early 1990s and he is well acquainted with the options available for his patients.
There are essentially two types of restoration materials available- porcelain and composite. Porcelain is beautiful, highly durable and generally created in our labs. There is much less removal of tooth structure with porcelain fillings (onlays), thus making it a more conservative procedure. The porcelain is actually bonded to the tooth rendering it almost as strong as the original tooth. Porcelain is used to repair teeth that have broken or when teeth have large, cracked, metal fillings.
Composite material is a tooth colored plastic that can be placed in one visit. Generally, composite is fine for small restorations, and is an excellent alternative to mercury fillings.
Dr. Esler has seen dental materials come and go and is highly trained in the latest techniques and materials. He will always make sure to offer the best of alternatives for tooth restoration to his patients.
To schedule an appointment for tooth-colored fillings, please contact Esler Dental Group by calling us at (806) 576-3076.