Dr. Regni provides tooth-colored fillings using a biocompatible dental composite. For large restorations, he may use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are a type of restoration that is used to repair a broken-down tooth, for large cavities or to replace an existing large filling. Inlays are designed for tooth damage affecting the indented portion of the top of the tooth and onlays are for more extensive damage.
Advantages over Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam (“silver”) fillings were in common use for many years, but they are no longer necessary. Studies have shown that over time, these fillings can release mercury vapor, which is highly toxic. Because studies have linked mercury toxicity to neurological, cardiovascular, and immunological disorders, as well as collagen diseases (arthritis, lupus, bursitis, etc.), and allergies, Dr. Regni does not use them with his patients.
Aesthetics is another big advantage of biocaptible fillings over silver amalgam fillings. Tooth-colored fillings blend naturally with your teeth, especially when they are expertly color-matched. Dr. Regni excellent at making sure that your fillings match your teeth and are aesthetically pleasing.
Additionally, as silver does not stick to teeth, healthy tooth structure is usually removed to keep an amalgam filling in place. Composites permit your dentist to remove only the decayed area of your tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite bonding expands just like your teeth and are much less likely to cause cracks in your tooth. Dr. Regni etches, primes and bonds the material to the tooth, increasing the strength of the tooth rather than decreasing it.
Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Dr. Regni has available in his office the very latest technology to allow the safest removal and replacement of mercury-containing filllings.