Do you have old silver mercury fillings?
Your old silver mercury fillings are able to last many years before they need to be replaced. While they were once “what was done” in terms of treating cavities, there is now a better option for your cavity treatment: tooth-colored fillings, called resin composites, that are more aesthetically pleasing for your smile. More so, you should note that silver (amalgam) fillings do age, and in the process they develop cracks that serve as an entrance for bacteria. This usually leads to your teeth developing recurrent decay, and left untreated, may result in the need for a root canal. Your old, silver fillings should be replaced to prevent cracks and decay, which can lead to more complicated and expensive procedures.
Your Smaller Silver Mercury Fillings
If you have an old silver mercury filling that is small, this can be replaced by simply replacing it with white filling. This white filling is known as composite resin and it closely resembles the color of your tooth.
What is the cost of white fillings?
The average cost for a dental filling without dental insurance in Lincoln, Nebraska is about $150. However, if you have dental insurance, your portion would be less.
Your Larger Silver Mercury Fillings
If you have large silver mercury fillings that have become damaged and worn, there is probably not enough tooth structure left that would justify a new filling. The appropriate treatment would be a crown. A crown, when placed, encases the entire tooth surface, and their extreme durability allows them to last for several years. Porcelain crowns are the most popular because they resemble the natural teeth.
What is the cost of a dental crown?
The average cost for a dental crown without dental insurance is about $850. However, if you have dental insurance, your portion would be less. Most dental insurances cover dental crowns at 50%.
Please call the office and schedule a consultation if you have old, silver fillings. We look forward to meeting you!