Cosmetic Replacement of Silver Fillings

What are composite filling replacements?

It now makes sense for most people to replace silver fillings with bonded ceramic restorations, which have superior esthetics and strength. While silver fillings last 12-15 years, a ceramic restoration can easily last a lifetime with proper care. Though the initial cost of bonded ceramics is higher, the investment in “forever dentistry” makes sense for most people.

Silver Fillings vs. Bonded Ceramics

The limited life span of a silver filling is a major disadvantage. Teeth need to last a lifetime; a silver filling placed at age 20 will need to be replaced several times. Every time a filling is replaced, tooth structure is destroyed. Eventually so little structure remains that re-filling is impossible; the tooth can be lost. Silver is the least esthetic restorative material, as it quickly tarnishes to black-silver and stains adjacent tooth structure, It makes sense for most people under 60 to replace silver fillings with newly developed bonded ceramic restorations, which can easily last a lifetime.

With new generation bonded ceramics (especially zirconium oxide), precisely fitting all ceramic restorations are now possible. These materials are beautifully esthetic and do not stain. Initial cost is higher: approximately $850 vs. $200 for a traditional filling. However most insurance plans will cover 50% of the cost, so lifetime bonded ceramic restorations make financial sense as well.

Why replace silver fillings with composite?

You can have your silver fillings replaced with bonded ceramic restorations. This process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

What happens at your 2nd appointment?

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

The tooth is restored to a natural look and feel. The entire biting surface is protected by a lifetime material.

Are You in Need of Excellent Dental Care?

Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment to reclaim your smile today!

Call us: 617-924-7301

Greater Boston Dental Center

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Despite being a first time client, when I had a dental emergency, Dr. Mark was extremely responsive and accommodating. I explained what I assumed was the problem given my history and symptoms, and although it was something Dr. Mark doesn’t do, he was happy to refer me to someone he thought could help. As it turned out, there was something entirely different going on and the referred dentist was unable treat me. I called Dr. Mark back. He asked me a few follow up questions, was able to immediately identify what the issue was, recognized it was not a minor problem, and asked me to come in right away. He was professional, efficient, and kind, and truly went above and beyond.

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Dr. Mark took the time to explain in detail every step of the procedure while doing it which was really helpful to me. He was direct to the point in his work and very pleasant to chat with. The appointment was very timely, and the environment very friendly and familiar.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Strokowski practically my whole life. I was actually a patient of Dr. Tanner before him. Dr. Strokowski is an excellent dentist that I would recommend to everyone. He is very knowledgeable, personable and caring. He takes the time to explain procedures to me and I totally trust him with the care of my teeth. Over the years I've needed care for a variety of dental work such as fillings, root canals, crowns and I've never felt pain or been uncomfortable while under his care. I recently had some work done with Dr. Biebuyck who is also very excellent! My children are also patients of Dr. Strokowski and have been very pleased with his care. I couldn't be happier with his hygienist (my boys loved Eileen) they are always so gentle and kind. One time my son got hit in the mouth with an iPod and chipped his front tooth and Mark took him right away and fixed it up as good as new. He was very pleased being a teenager and conscious of his smile! Nancy is lovely too. She always greets us with a friendly smile and is very accommodating when it comes to booking appointments. I'm so glad she sends postcard reminders!

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I am a very grateful and pleased new patient. Dr. Strokowski saw me immediately although I was not yet his patient and provided incredibly conscientious treatment and explanations. I am also very grateful for easy and immediate telephone contact.

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth that was causing severe pain, I have not been to a dentist in many years Dr. Strokowski saw me immediately made an assessment of my general dental health and set up an appointment for the removal of the wisdom tooth and had it removed the next morning. I had stopped going to dentist's year's ago from bad experiences with dentist's, but I have decided because of the really good treatment I received I will be returning to this dentist for some much needed dental work.

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I am visiting Dr. Mark Strokowski since last six years. He is a thoughtful, wise and reasonable doctor in town. I am happy with the dental procedures done so far esp Implant, crowns, root canal and dental fillings. I appreciate the whole staff for being so professional and caring especially Nancy the receptionist, They make you feel like a home. I will highly recommend to anyone.

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I have been a patient at this dental office for the past 53 years. I came as a patient of Dr. Tanner at the age of eleven. I relocated to another town and commuted 25 miles when I married. I have had extensive dental procedures over the years from fillings to crowns and now dental implants. Dr. Strokowski has always been there for me whenever I have had an emergency situation. He has even seen me on his off hours. He will return your call immediately if you leave him a message. Dr. Biebuyck is a perfectionist also. I am currently on my ninth dental implant and have never had any issues whatsoever. They are top notch professionals who do a tremendous job!!! I give Sensible Dental of Watertown FIVE STARS!!! Why wouldn't I? I keep coming back.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Mark Strokowski for about 15 years and cannot emphasize how professional he is and the high level of care he provides to his patients. He is a dentist who believes in preserving the teeth and never ever will propose any work that is not in the best interest of the patient first. His patients are his priority. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to be his patient for so many years. I worry that if he ever retires...

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I've been seeing Dr. Strokowski for nearly 8 years, and I have left every appointment feeling that my concerns have been heard and understood. Dr. Strokowski and his team are professional, personable, and always willing to educate their patients about the health of their teeth and gums. They are excellent about giving recommendations for resolving existing issues and identifying and advising about potential future problems. And never once have I felt pushed into an unnecessary procedure; from imaging to fillings to (most recently) a night guard, I have always understood and been 100% on board with the treatment plan!

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