Fillings & Restorations

Fillings Local Family Dentist in Salem Oregon

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings from years past. These fillings are not pleasing to the eye, and we know that silver/mercury fillings ultimately weaken tooth structure.

Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are beautiful (or unnoticeable) and add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Amalgam (Silver) Fillings

Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of silver fillings can wear down, become weak or break. This results in unprotected teeth that let cavities start again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and splits.

Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and stain teeth and gums. Fortunately, you can safely replace silver fillings with Tooth-Colored Restorations.

Advantages Of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored restorations offer many advantages. Resin onlays bond to teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. You can use such restorations where you’ve lost much tooth structure. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

The fluoride in tooth-colored restorations helps prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and doesn’t require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!


You can replace silver fillings 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!

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