Dark and unattractive, old crowns can make you feel self-conscious when you smile. Denver restorative dentist Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD offers porcelain tooth fillings to replace old, unsightly mercury fillings and eliminates the discoloration that the metallic solutions left behind. Porcelain dental fillings hold the tooth structure together, strengthening the teeth. Porcelain fillings are also used in lieu of destructive crowns because they keep the natural shape and form of the tooth. Porcelain fillings offer Dr. Grabiak’s DMD, FAGD Denver patients metal-free restorative dentistry, which allows light to flow through and reflect off the teeth, leaving a more natural smile.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Porcelain is used for dental fillings because of the similarities the material shares with your natural teeth. Porcelain fillings match the color and shade of your teeth making them well-suited to use in restorations involving your front teeth or other visible parts of the teeth. The bond that the material makes with your tooth actually makes them stronger and proves more support. The material has many uses including filling material for decayed teeth as well as for restorations involving chipped, broken or worn teeth. The porcelain fillings are less invasive and require less removal of healthy tooth structure to restore your teeth.
Replace Silver Amalgam Fillings
In addition to providing the restorative qualities as mentioned above porcelain fillings can also be used to replace old mercury amalgam fillings. The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that there is no conclusive proof that mercury (silver) fillings can cause bodily harm, yet some research has mentioned that mercury amalgam fillings can lead to toxins entering the body and cause disease. Amalgam fillings are still in use today by some dentists, but advancements in dental technology such as porcelain tooth-like fillings are a better alternative for patients seeking more aesthetically pleasing treatments. If you wish to replace your mercury amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD can help you improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain fillings. Dr. Grabiak is a biological dentist who can SAFELY remove your old mercury fillings following the recommended protocols of the International Association of Mercury-Safe Dentists(IAMSD).
Dental Filling Procedure
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD will begin the process to restore your tooth by first prepping the tooth by removing any decay or damage. The area will then be cleaned and rid of bacteria and debris before the restoration is finalized. The secret to the porcelain fillings lies in the bonding process in which the restoration is chemically bonded to your natural tooth. This is done with a special curing light that helps to make your restoration look and feel natural.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.