Fillings are used to fix small areas of decay and prevent further deterioration by providing a barrier against harmful bacteria.
There are two types of filling materials which may be offered depending on the clinical scenario and your personal preference; Composite Resin (white) fillings or Amalgam (metal) fillings. Although most people prefer white fillings, we are able to provide both options and can explain the pros and cons of each.
Composite restorations, or white fillings, are resin based. They have been routinely used since the 1950’s and are becoming more and more reliable in terms of bonding and strength. If you choose composite fillings, we will match it to the colour of your natural teeth for the best aesthetics. Compared to the traditional silver amalgam fillings these provide a natural, healthier option to repair damage and improve cosmetic appearance.
– They are tooth coloured and ideal in aesthetically demanding situations.
– They bond to natural tooth.
– They are very technique sensitive, and should be done under rubber dam and in small increments.
– They may shrink and cause cracks in the tooth.
– They pick up stains from food and drinks over time, however they can be polished to remove most stains.
– They wear quicker (composite longevity has been documented to be about 7 years) than amalgam and may need to be replaced sooner.
If you need a new filling or are considering removing your existing amalgam fillings please contact us for advice. We will be able to inform you about risks, costs and aesthetics so that you can make the best decision for your long-term oral health and comfort.
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