Restorative Dentistry

Do you have metal amalgam fillings that have turned black and make you embarrassed? Do you have old veneers that either never looked as good as you wished or have become chipped? Are you tired of having visible wires on your dental bridge? You don’t have to live with unattractive dental restorations. A full mouth rejuvenation can be used to update your dental restorations, giving you a more attractive and healthier smile.

This page explains many of the options available in full mouth restoration, but the only way to know which options are right for you is to schedule a consultation with a dentist and have your old restorations evaluated. Please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine today.

Metal Amalgam: Unattractive, Uncomfortable, and Possibly Dangerous

For about a hundred years, metal amalgam was the filling material of choice. This slurry of mercury, tin, silver, and other metals could be mixed into a paste, then jammed into a tooth. They worked well enough, and certainly better than the alternatives available more than a century ago, but they do have significant problems.

Metal amalgam fillings turn black over time, so cosmetically, they’re no better than having a gaping cavity in your tooth. Metal amalgam fillings can also increase temperature sensitivity in your teeth because they conduct heat well and expand at a different rate than your natural tooth enamel and dentin. Because the main ingredient in metal amalgam, mercury, is known to be toxic, many people also express concerns that these fillings are essentially poisonous.

We can replace your metal amalgam fillings with tooth-colored options to give you a more attractive and more comfortable smile.

Metal and PFM Crowns and Bridges

Metal crowns were the best option when ceramic materials were not strong enough to withstand the force of your bite, but advances in material science mean we can now use all ceramic crowns in almost all cases to replace your metal crowns.

Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns were a good compromise to give an attractive crown with the strength of metal. However, over time the ceramic can separate, revealing the metal beneath, and if your gums recede at all, the metal border of the crown can become visible.

Old dental bridges were often made with metal ties or wires. These highly visible portions of the restoration may make you self-conscious, but today they can be replaced with bridges that have no visible wires—or even dental implants!

Unattractive, Uncomfortable, or Damaged Work

Sometimes people get dental work done that they are not fully happy with. It may not look right, or it may be uncomfortable. Other times, dental work may start out fine, but it gets damaged. We can help you replace your old restorations to get a smile that you will be proud to show off on a daily basis.

For more information on the right rejuvenation package for your smile, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California today for a consultation.