Teeth need to be strong to do their job. If a tooth is decayed, chipped or broken, part of that strong tooth structure is lost. The tooth becomes weak and prone to further damage or even complete loss. Fillings or restorations use specialized materials to replace the missing structure of the tooth and restore its strength.
Advanced materials for better results
There are several different materials used in modern tooth restoration. Years ago, amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings were the standard of care. Many people still have large silver/mercury fillings in their mouths. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. However, advances in dental materials and bonding agents have resulted in improved options that look more natural, have more strength and preserve more natural tooth.
Artistry and expertise
Dr. Mead is an expert in modern dental restoration. He also removes and replaces old silver/mercury fillings that are breaking down, leaking, or just plain unsightly. Dr. Mead uses tooth colored resins and porcelain onlays to conservatively restore the strength of decayed and broken down teeth with beautiful, natural-looking results. During your visit, we will take several digital photographs of your mouth so that you and Dr. Mead can look at them together and see which teeth would benefit from restoration.