Composite Plastic (White) Restorative Materials:
Aesthetics is the biggest advantage over silver-mercury (amalgam) fillings. As amalgam does not bond well to teeth, entirely healthy tooth structure is usually removed to keep silver fillings in place. Composites permit your cosmetic dentist to remove only the decayed area of your tooth. Unlike mercury fillings, composite materials expand and contract more closely to your own teeth, and are much less likely to cause cracks in your teeth. Composites bond directly to tooth structure, and provide better support.
Ceramic Restorative Materials:
By far the best restorative material available for restoring all areas of the mouth. Ceramic (porcelain) materials have the best qualities mimicking natural tooth structure. These include: similar wear and strength properties to human enamel; similar expansion and contraction values as teeth (won’t cause teeth to crack like mercury fillings); translucency; and durability. Ceramic material is life-like and has similar optical properties just like our own enamel. Therefore, ceramic restorations blend better with adjacent teeth, and will not discolour or stain over time as with plastic composite materials. Ceramic materials can be used to make veneers (facings), fillings, crowns (caps), and even bridges that are metal-free. Porcelain fillings are designed and prepared in the office using a Cerec® machine.
Dr. Fayad has elected not to use this controversial material in his practice since 1997 for several reasons: Recent studies have shown that mercury fillings can cause teeth to fracture. In addition, mercury released from dental fillings is absorbed by the body and can reach toxic levels. We are pleased to be a mercury-free office.
Dr. Fayad uses only the best materials…for his family and for you…