Tooth Fillings | Shrewsbury NJ
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. 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. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!
Comfort Family Dental
Patient Review By Kelli W
I broke one of my teeth on Christmas Day. Of course, no Dentists are open and had to wait a bit to find one. After many fruitless conversations with less than willing offices, I reached out to Dr Gelfand personally thanks to an emergency phone number. I explained my problem and they got me in immediately! They are absolutely fabulous there! From the front desk to Dr Gelfand, they are one class act.
- Kelli W
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So, I really have been putting off my dental work... surprising? I have been to other dentists but haven't found that right blend of genuinely caring receptionists and of course patient, and gentle Dentist... Usually feel like they're all trying to "up sell" me things I did not come to see them for. It also bothers me to pay past what my insurance covered. I usually ALWAYS had to top off payment for their frivolous accoutrements. I took a chance... Glad I did! Its a great Dental Office with truly awesome people, and a wonderful end result! Dr. Gelfand, was very adept, kind, and exceptional!! Enough for me to want others to know about how good this place is!
- Marcia C
Patient Review By Alicia C
I wouldn't normally think to review a dentist but this place was great. They were very professional but personable at the same time. Dr Gelfand was extremely pleasant and flexible with his scheduling. It's difficult to think of good things about going to the dentist, but after visiting here I can honestly say I want to go back. It's a shame I have to wait 6 months to see him again. . Our family recently moved away and had a horrible experience with a new dentist. I wish we could have brought them with us! They have treated our young children and us as well, and would recommend them for both children and adults! All joking aside, I don't think I will need to find another dentist until these guys close or I move.
- Alicia C