Our practice is an amalgam free practice. Nowadays white fillings provide a more natural look than a silver (amalgam) filling. You will hear our dentist talk about ‘composite’, or ‘glass ionomer’ fillings which are all different types of white filling materials used in different circumstance.
- Appearance – Unlike silver coloured fillings, composite fillings can look just like your natural, they look almost identical to real teeth and once polished by your dentist they have the texture and feel of natural tooth material.
- Versatility – Composite resin is very versatile they can also be used to repair teeth that are chipped, broken, or badly worn.
- Stability – A composite filling also requires very little of the tooth structure to be removed for placement which means more of your natural tooth is preserved. Since the filling bonds with the actual tooth it offers additional stability for a tooth that has already been weakened by decay or breakage.
- Metal Free – White fillings do not contain any metal.
- Protection – White fillings are not affected by any changes in temperature which occur in your mouth, unlike amalgam fillings which tend to contract and expand, and this protects your tooth from fracture.
Dental fillings are a time-tested and effective way to keep tooth decay from doing further damage. True to its name, the filling seals up the small hole in your tooth that decay-causing bacteria have created. It's one of the most common dental treatments dentists perform.
It's simple: If your tooth is left untreated, the decay would not go away, it would spread deeper inside the tooth. When it reached the pulp (nerve) tissue of the root canal, it would begin to cause real discomfort, or even intense tooth pain. The infection could spread further and might result in the loss of a tooth, a complicated (and costly) problem to remedy. It is much better to stop decay now with a simple procedure.