Tooth Fillings

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Silver fillings:

Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.

Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). 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.

At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second 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.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!

Portrait Dental

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Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very professional and friendly. The office is very clean, relaxing, inviting, clean equipment and advance dental technology equipment. My son was very comfortable and calm during his visit. I highly recommend Portrait Dental. Thank you, Dr., Nguyen for a pleasant experience and your professionalism.

- Angie G

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Dr. Nguyen and his team are very pleasant and professional. He explains everything with you and takes his time to make sure you don't leave with questions. He's great with children, and I highly recommend this dental office (unlike the other inexperienced dental offices popping up in every strip center in Cinco Ranch that just want your money). He's a keeper!

- Jennifer S

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Dr. Nguyen is amazing!!!!! He is the best dentist I have ever been to and the staff is super friendly! I highly recommend Portrait Dental.

- Nadine E

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Returned for restorative work on a lower front tooth & overall cleaning. Again, very happy with the results. Dr. Nguyen went a step beyond by reshaping the problem tooth so it fits perfectly with the others. He also buffed out an old stained filling that didn't need replacement & it hasn't looked this good in decades!

- Linda K

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I first met Dr. Nguyen a few months ago at another dental office when I came in for a consultation. I liked him enough to search out his new location when I learned he had set up his own practice. I had numerous issues with my upper front teeth & he resolved all of them very well. He is meticulous,caring & likes to chat, which is great because I need a diversion while being worked on! I am going for my 2nd visit next week to resolve the problems with my lower front teeth. Friendly staff, beautiful office, great Katy location--what's not to like??!!

- Linda K

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We love seeing Dr Nguyen and his staff. The office is amazing wide open so clean.

- Jessica J

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AWESOME DR!

- Nathalie D

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Dr. Nguyen was my dentist the entire 4 years I lived in Katy. He was kind, gentle, and an excellent dentist. During my time under his care, I had check-ups, cleanings, crown work and preventive dentistry completed. Dr. Nguyen is very experienced and makes a personal connection with each of his patients and cares about them as s complete person. He was always encouraging, but not afraid to tell you if you needed to work just a little bit harder. "Don't forget to floss behind those back molars!" If you are looking for a dentist, Dr. Nguyen is the person you need to see. You and your teeth will be very glad you did.

- Rhonda P

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Dr. Minh D Nguyen is a 'perfectionist.' I used to be very terrified of dental appts but Dr. Nguyen took great care in ensuring that I was comfortable at all times. I had to replace all silver fillings with white colored fillings and he explained procedures to my level of understanding (without being crazy with the dental talk). At each stage he would reassure me that what he was doing was the best for my dental future. My recent bonding visit was very pleasurable as he took the time to make sure my teeth looked and felt perfect to me - I would recommend him because of his great dental capabilities, professionalism, and customer service!

- Donnette B

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