DiNinno Family Dental – Fitchburg MA
Silver amalgam fillings are still in use today as they are the most economical choice for many patients. 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.
Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. 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!
This is an example of a composite restoration. These are ideal for smaller restorations:
These amalgam restorations are no longer doing their job of protecting the inside of the tooth from bacteria and infection because the edges are starting to wear out. These “fillings” did a great job of protecting the tooth and restoring function for many years, but at this point require replacement.
After restoration with a composite material, the teeth look great and idea form and function have been restored.
The two photographs below exhibit an old amalgam filling with decay under it and replacement with the newer composite materials.
Larger restorations, or fillings, may benefit from a lab made restoration such as a crown or onlay seen here:
Read Our Patient Reviews on Dental Fillings/Restorations
DiNinno Family Dental
Patient Review By Alyssa L
Today I arrived to DiNinno Family Dental and requested to have two teeth bonded - although the procedure only required small fillings on two teeth it made a HUGE difference in the appearance of my smile!
- Alyssa L
Patient Review By Alyssa B
I have dental anxiety. I have avoided the dentist for longer than I'd like to admit. I ended up in Dr. DiNinno's office because my husband needed some emergency cosmetic assistance.Everyone was so nice and helpful, the office is clean and they were able to help my husband immediately. I decided to schedule myself a visit and see if I could get through even a cleaning. It's been a few years now and I am still a satisfied patient. I have had routine cleanings, fillings and an extraction. And I plan to have Dr. DiNinno Jr do an implant in the near future. I can not praise this office enough, they have saved my smile! I would recommend them to anyone!
- Alyssa B
Patient Review By Paul G
Dininno Family Dental is one of those rare businesses which are able to embrace all the advantages of the latest dental technology while retaining a personalized level of care and compassion often missing from today's dental practices which embrace an "assembly line, cookie cutter" approach to dentistry! The patient experience at Dininno Family Dental is consistently one where the staffs desire to exceed your expectations is palpable! The professional staff of dentists, hygienists and assistants, are extremely competent and engaging, taking a genuine interest in "catching up" with you as a person, resulting in the patient feeling thoroughly at ease and confident of a great outcome!
- Paul G
Patient Review By Jas G
Staff is very well trained, courteous and anticipated my questions. I was pleased with the level of focus put on me from the moment I arrived at their new office. From the office secretary to the dental hygienist to Dr. Dininno himself - each one recalled my history, knew my needs and kept the appointment right on track. My experiences in the chair have always been comfortable, never rushed. I've referred family and friends and I've always heard back about great experiences. Highly recommended!
- Jas G
Patient Review By Stuart H
Superb professional expertise and performance. Front desk could not be more friendly and courteous. In particular, kudos to Kris, who is an absolutely wonderful hygienist and to Dr. Nick for his spot on all encompassing knowledge of all matters dental. I travel from out of state to be seen by Dr. DiNinno and his wonderful staff. I wouldn't see any other dentist.
- Stuart H
Patient Review By Chicky L
Great experiences every time, friendly staff and overall exceeded expectations! No more fear about going to the dentist 🙂
- Chicky L
Patient Review By Kathy Aubuchon A
Had a great first experience with getting my teeth fixed. Nicholas Jr worked on my teeth. He did a fantastic job and I love his caring attitude towards his patients. I had to see his father (he was on vacation) he was also fantastic and would highly recommend his office if you are seeking a current or new dentist. I'm very picky about my dentist so to find someone I am comfortable with is so important. The office is pristine.
- Kathy Aubuchon A
Patient Review By Walter
I was impressed the minute I walked into this office. The office was clean and modern. The reception staff was courteous & friendly. . The dental assistant/hygienist Ms. Amy was excellent. She was professional & courteous. The dentist is a distinguished gentleman. He was warm & friendly. I met the dentist's son. He was courteous & friendly. The entire team could not have been any nicer to me. I felt very welcomed there. I know good customer service when I receive it. I will recommend this practice to all of my friends. I have had five dentist that have provided my periodontal care throughout my life. DiNinno Family Dental is top notch in my book.
Patient Review By Vicki S
DiNinno Family Dental is the best in the area by far! The office is extremely professional and clean and the staff is so friendly and goes above and beyond to make you feel welcomed! You can tell Dr. DiNinno is very passionate about dentistry and extremely knowledgeable so he is always so good at keeping his patients well-informed, comfortable, and stress-free! I am extremely satisfied and would highly recommend this practice to everyone!
- Vicki S
Patient Review By Stewart H
6 freakin' stars. Father and are non pareil.
- Stewart H