The days of silver mercury fillings are pretty much behind us. At Singleton Dental, we don’t use silver mercury, and would be happy to replace your older, failing amalgam restorations. Materials used today–porcelain inlays and composite resins–create fillings that are not only natural-looking but also stronger than materials of the past.
Mercury fillings have also been implicated in health problems with some people. If you’re concerned about this, please discuss it with Dr. Singleton and he will be happy to discuss the options available to you.
We use inlays and onlays made of porcelain or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. Inlays, similar to a filling, are used inside the cusp tips of a tooth. Onlays are a more substantial reconstruction, extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
While traditional fillings can reduce tooth strength by up to 50%, inlays and onlays made of high strength resins can actually increase tooth strength by up to 75%, and can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years.
A crown is used when a tooth is severely broken down. Crowns are made from porcelain and composite resin which eliminates any metal. The crown is then be bonded to the tooth to restore it beautifully and improve its strength.
We offer many options, including bridges, implants or even precision fit natural-looking and feeling partial and full dentures. There is no reason to live with missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth can add self-confidence, and also allows other teeth to last longer by reducing the stress placed on the remaining natural teeth.
Missing teeth don’t just look bad, they can cause health problems and pain. They provide an ideal place for bacteria to grow, potentially leading to gum disease and possible consequences to your health including contributing to:
Missing teeth can also lead to a ‘bad bite’. If your teeth become misaligned because of a bad bite, you could be at risk for migraines, jaw and neck pain, bad posture and a world of pain.
For Beautiful, Affordable and Local dental care in the heart of the Okanagon, contact Dr. Alan Singleton at Singleton Dental.