Cosmetic Dentist in West St. Paul is Mercury-Free
Serafimov Dental Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is a mercury-free practice. While silver amalgam is incredibly durable and long-lasting, it stands out in your mouth and can weaken the tooth structure. Your cosmetic dentist in West Paul offers mercury-free fillings, tooth-colored restorations that look better and make the tooth stronger.
Dental fillings are used to restore a decayed tooth. Decay and bacteria are removed, and the resulting space is sealed off to prevent re-infection or preventive dentistry. Instead of using traditional amalgam, Dr. Serafimov uses white, “invisible” fillings to restore the tooth. The resin is nearly undetectable because it is matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings make the tooth stronger because they are bonded directly to the enamel and do not require cutting down the healthy structure. Dr. Serafimov uses resin material that contains fluoride, which can help prevent decay. The resin also wears like natural teeth. It’s the closest thing to real enamel!
Tooth-colored fillings are also mercury-free. Some patients prefer white fillings to silver amalgam fillings because they are concerned about the possible harmful effects of mercury vapor on the body and the environment. Mercury can also stain your teeth and gums. Other patients have metal allergies, making silver amalgam fillings unsuitable.
Replacing amalgam with tooth-colored fillings typically requires two appointments. First, the old filling and decayed areas are removed and then impressions are taken and sent to the lab. A temporary filling is placed in the tooth. On your next appointment, the permanent fillings for teeth is placed and adjusted.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are fillings used for extensive decay. If the tooth is too weak for a regular filling but is not yet a candidate for a full-coverage crown, dental inlay and dental onlay are recommended. The inlay/onlay is bonded carefully to the tooth’s surface for a perfect fit. Because there is no metal, the tooth remains strong and intact.
Learn more about mercury-free restorations. Call 651-455-1601 to schedule an appointment with your dentist in St. Paul.