Porcelain, Gold and Composite Materials
We use only the most modern materials in all restorations we perform. One of the best materials available is porcelain. It can take the color and particular shading of an individual patient's natural teeth, and offers significant advantages in protecting a tooth that has been structurally damaged through decay. We use it extensively in inlays, onlays as well as veneers.
While porcelains are effective to repair larger cavities, smaller cases can often be treated successfully with the use of composites, which offers a significant cost savings.
Gold, due to its inert chemistry and malleable nature, is also a strong material for use in dentistry, either by itself or in conjunction with porcelain. It offers good resistance to wear and the natural softness of the metal makes it immune to cracking, giving it excellent durability.
Why we don't use amalgam
Our practice uses only modern materials in dental restorations. This means we do not use silver fillings, which have a number of undesirable issues ranging from weakened tooth structure to highly visible and unattractive restorations, to potential exposure to poisonous mercury. Instead, our restorations consists primarily of a combination of composites, porcelain and gold materials which are not only more durable and aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly, better for our patients' health. The cost difference is also negligible presently, so there is very little incentive to use outdated materials.
You may visitEPA - Mercury in Dental Amalgamfor further information.